Journal article

Clinical pharmacology of analgesic medicines in older people: impact of frailty and cognitive impairment.

Andrew J McLachlan, Sally Bath, Vasi Naganathan, Sarah N Hilmer, David G Le Couteur, Stephen J Gibson, Fiona M Blyth

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology | Published : 2011

Abstract

Pain is highly prevalent in frail older people who often have multiple co-morbidities and multiple medicines. Rational prescribing of analgesics in frail older people is complex due to heterogeneity in drug disposition, comorbid medical conditions, polypharmacy and variability in analgesic response in this population. A critical issue in managing older people with pain is the need for judicious choice of analgesics based on a comprehensive medical and medication history. Care is needed in the selection of analgesic medicine to avoid drug-drug or drug-disease interactions. People living with dementia and cognitive impairment have suboptimal pain relief which in part may be related to altered ..

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