The American Geriatrics Society recently updated its list of potentially dangerous medications for the elderly. New additions include aspirin, ibuprofen, and 51 other common drugs.
The list, known as the Beers Criteria is used to guide doctors to prevent adverse drug events in the elderly. In many cases, older adults are taking multiple medications and adjusting to age-related physiological changes, making them prone to adverse drug events. The Beers Criteria is divided into three categories.
The first lists medications that may be ineffective or pose a high risk of adverse drug events in the elderly. Medications on this list include, but are not limited to:
The second category includes medications that could worsen certain diseases or disorders for older adults. Medications on this list include, but are not limited to:
The final category lists medications that should be prescribed with caution for the elderly. These medications include, but are not limited to:
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