The Beers List: Medications Seniors Should Avoid or Use with Caution
Health conditions become more common as you get older, and this is true for most people. It takes a lot of medications to treat such health issues, each with its own set of directions and potential side effects.
For this reason, the American Geriatrics Society or AGS Beers Criteria (informally known as the Beers list) was designed for physicians and those delivering elder care services.
The Beers list divides medicines into five types:
- Medications “possibly inappropriate” for seniors
- Drugs that may be harmful to older persons with specific common health issues
- Medications to be taken with caution in seniors
- Medications that can cause hazardous “drug-drug” interactions
- Drugs to avoid or alter doses in kidney failure patients
Ultimately, remember that doctors may occasionally prescribe medicine from the Beers list. That’s because the list can’t cover all situations or health concerns. In certain circumstances, the best drug for their situation may be on the list.
So when they do prescribe a drug on the Beers list, trust their reason since they are the medical experts. Your goal as your loved one’s support should be to learn more about a drug’s purpose, potential adverse effects, and interactions so you can avoid problems.
If you need help with safe over-the-counter medications in New York, you may visit our pharmacy.
The wide range of medications and services we offer, such as pet medication, will provide you and your loved ones with convenience.
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