Journal article

Problems of antiarthritic therapy in the elderly.

PM Brooks, WF Kean, Y Kassam, WW Buchanan

J Am Geriatr Soc | Published : 1984

Abstract

Rheumatic diseases are prevalent in the elderly population, resulting in high morbidity caused mainly by lack of mobility. Consequently, the use of antirheumatic drugs in older persons is extensive. This review outlines some of the hazards encountered in the use of antirheumatic drugs in the elderly. Analgesics such as propoxyphene and acetaminophen are useful adjuncts to the treatment of arthritic pain, but propoxyphene has been associated with respiratory depression, and renal clearance of acetaminophen is reduced in elderly subjects. Salicylates may cause deafness, and like the other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, may cause salt and water retention resulting in congestive cardiac f..

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