Polypharmacy in elderly patients and their problems

Siti Fauziyah, Maksum Radji, Retnosari Andrajati

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Aging and diseases associated with aging is a condition associated with old age. An important approach to maintaining health status and physical examination in geriatric patients is very important, including nutrition problems, sight, hearing, urine containment, balance and fall prevention, osteoporosis, and polypharmacy. The use of polypharmacy will give some impact on the elderly, including increasing the improper treatment, adverse drug reactions (ADRs), and some of the problems that affect the changing nature of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs. Aging in the elderly with some illness, may potentially lead to get more number of medicines, leading to inappropriate prescribing patterns, and contributing to adverse drug reactions and hospitalization. This review will describe the effect of polypharmacy in elderly patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-49
Number of pages6
JournalAsian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Adverse drug reactions
  • Drug-drug interactions
  • Elderly
  • Inappropriate medication
  • Polypharmacy


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