Pharmacist’s Letter, a top rated information source for the pharmacists, has published a warning about inappropriate drugs in the elderly. Their statement, and table of offending drugs and alternatives, is attached.
The elderly are very sensitive to anticholinergic drugs (drugs that block the action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine both centrally and peripherally). Adverse effects include significant cognitive loss, confusion, loss of coordination, urinary retention, constipation, visual changes, memory problems, respiratory depression, wandering thoughts, dry, sore throat and depression.
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