Polypharmacy The Pearls, the Perils, and the Pitfalls of Pharmaceuticals in the Aging Population
This is an overview of drugs and the elderly patient. Barb will discuss the age-related physiologic changes that occur in the liver, the kidneys, the GI tract, lean body composition, fat distribution, and water distribution that play major roles in how drugs are handled by the older patient. Various interactions between the most common drugs will be discussed – sulfa drugs and Warfarin for example. How many drugs can one person take on a daily basis? Are they justified? Why is Florida the most drug-toxic state in the US? What drug is responsible for the following statistic? The over-60 crowd is the fastest rising group in the U.S. with STIs. What foods should be avoided with digoxin? What drugs are constipating? What drugs cause cognitive dysfunction? Can patients take aspirin an ibuprofen at the same time? Why do PPIs interfere with B12 absorption and can this be a clinically relevant interaction? The learner will leave with a million and one ideas concerning polypharmacy and the older patient.
Upon completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:
Successful completion for nursing contact hours