By Ronald I. Shorr MD MS

ISBN-10: 1416002081

ISBN-13: 9781416002086

This basic, entire drug reference, point-of-care utilization -provides scientific details on greater than a thousand medicinal drugs and their use in geriatric sufferers. as well as dosage info and scientific symptoms, this reference additionally addresses the not easy problems with drug-drug and drug-disease interactions, polypharmacy, toxicity, compromised renal and hepatic functionality, withdrawal occasions, and extra. precious precis sections supply 'at a look' conclusions, thoughts and medical pearls.

  • Get finished tips on all of the medications you'll conceivably come upon in treating the geriatric patient.
  • Better serve your geriatric sufferers with dosage and utilization instructions constructed in particular for them.
  • Find info speedy utilizing the sensible, clinically-focused, full-color format.

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Epilepsy: Oral 375-1000 mg/day in 1-4 divided doses. 12 Acute mountain sickness: PO 500-1000 mg/day in divided doses. If possible, begin 24-48 hr before ascent; continue at least 48 hr at high altitude. Initially, 250 mg 2 times/day; use lowest effective dose. Dosage in renal impairment: Creatinine Clearance Dosage Interval 10-50 ml/min q12h Less than 10 ml/min avoid use ■ Unlabeled Uses: Urine alkalinization, respiratory stimulant in COPD ■ Contraindications: Severe renal disease, adrenal insufficiency, hypochloremic acidosis, hypersensitivity to acetazolamide, to any component of the formulation, or to sulfonamides.

Summary It is important for health care providers to be aware of the issues involved in using drug therapies in older patients, because older patients are most vulnerable to the adverse effects of drugs. Although more data are needed to guide clinical decision making in prescribing drugs for older patients, some simple considerations can make drug use safer and more effective. Careful, compassionate attention to these factors can have a profound effect on improving the quality of life, medication use, and the overall cost of health care in this vulnerable population.

Weight less than 60 kg. 15 mg/kg/day. Continue for 8-30 days. ■ Unlabeled Uses: Angiostrongyliasis, cysticercosis, gnathostomiasis, liver flukes, trichuriasis ■ Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to albendazole or any component of the formulation ■ Side Effects Frequent Neurocysticercosis: Nausea, vomiting, headache Hydatid: Abnormal liver function tests, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting Occasional Neurocysticercosis: Increased intracranial pressure, meningeal signs Hydatid: Headache, dizziness, alopecia, fever ■ Serious Reactions • Pancytopenia occurs rarely.

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