Flashcards in Elderly Deck (6):
Which drugs are the elderly more sensitive too?
Opioids, benzos, anti psychotics, parkinson's drugs
What is the most important effect of ageing on prescribing?
Reduced renal clearance
Therefore excrete drugs slowly and more susceptible to nephrotoxics
How might adverse reactions present in the elderly?
Confusion, constipation, hypotension, falls
Why should benzodiazepines be avoided?
Can cause falls
When should diuretics be avoided?
Long term for gravitational oedema