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Topic: Over-the-Counter Drugs in Frail Elders Research Assignment
Select one of the following over-the-counter drugs commonly used by geriatric patients:
Antacids or acid suppressants
Antispasmodics for the bladder
Neutraceuticals (choose one; e.g., ginseng, St. John’s wart, etc.)
Pain medications (choose one; e.g., acetaminophen, ibuprofen, rub-on pain ointments/patches, etc.)
Supplements (choose one; e.g., calcium, iron, etc.)
• Describe the over-the-counter drug that you selected.
• Identify the types/varieties of the drug that are available. Describe the ingredients in each type/variety including additional active ingredients.
• Explain the key information that you need to know about this OTC drug to make safe and effective clinical decisions. Include potential interactions in frail elders and describe any precautions related to the drug based on Beers Criteria.
• Explain how you would educate elders about the OTC drug you selected.
American Geriatrics Society. (2012). American Geriatrics Society updated Beers Criteria for potentially inappropriate medication use in older adults. Retrieved from http://www.guideline.gov/content.aspx?id=49933
This article examines three categories of medications that impact older adults: those that are potentially inappropriate and must be avoided, those that are potentially inappropriate and must be avoided in older adults with certain diseases, and those that must be used with caution.
Hines, L., & Murphy, J. (2011). Potentially harmful drug-drug interactions in the elderly: A review. American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, 9(6), 364–377.
Potentially harmful drug-drug interactions in the elderly: A review by Hines, L., & Murphy, J., in the American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, 9(6). Copyright 2011 by Elsevier Rapid Publications. Reprinted by permission of Elsevier Rapid Publications via the Copyright Clearance Center.
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