Background Balancing medication use in the elderly is a complex task,
made more difficult by the physiological changes and
increased burden of disease seen with aging.
Objective This article reviews recent literature and outlines the basic
principles and problems of medication use in older people,
and provides potential strategies to optimise prescribing.
Discussion Competing risks and benefits complicate medication use in
the elderly. General practitioners need to be aware of these
risks and benefits in order to tailor the most appropriate
treatment regimen to each individual patient.
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