Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 39, Issue 10, October 2010

Prescribing in the elderly

Edwina Holbeach Paul Yates
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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.
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.
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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