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Deprescribing in Older Adults

Doing more by doing less

Margaret A. Fitzgerald
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Margaret A. Fitzgerald


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  • Fitzgerald Health Education Associates
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In older patients, where age-related changes impact drug choice and dose, deprescribing is particularly important. Part of good prescribing, deprescribing is the planned and supervised process of dose reduction or stopping of medication that might be causing harm, or no longer be of benefit. Pharmacology expert, Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald will help you learn to:

  • Identify the effects of aging on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  • Recognize safety issues with the use of select medications in the elderly
  • Describe possible drug candidates for deprescribing in the older adult
  • Consider normative age-related changes and subsequent impact on drug choice and dose
  • Implement deprescribing principles
  • Avoid using medications where there is little evidence of benefit but evidence of risk