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Configctrl2infometadescription introduction optimizing drug therapy is an essential part of caring for an older person the process of prescribing a medication is complex and includes deciding that a drug is indicated choosing the best drug determining a dose and schedule appropriate for the patients physiologic status monitoring for effectiveness and toxicity educating the a guide for doctors to quickly choose the right drugs in the right dose for the most important clinical problems in the elderly prescribing medications for elderly patients is complex this book gives clear advice on treatment regimes drug interactions adverse effects and recommended dose prescribing for elderly patients presents many challenges most of which have not changed in the past 20 years 38 changes in pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics mean that these patients often need lower doses and the presence of multiple medical problems and subsequent polypharmacy makes adverse drug reactions and interactions more commondemographic changes mean that prescribing for the elderly is becoming an increasingly important aspect of clinical care in the uk 45 of prescriptions are dispensed to patients over the age of 65 1 pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics may be altered by normal ageing or disease further prescribing for elderly patients presents many challenges most of which have not changed in the past 20 years38 changes in pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics mean that these patients often need lower doses and the presence of multiple medical problems and subsequent polypharmacy makes adverse drug reactions and interactions more common

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