What should the elderly pay for long-term medication pay attention to?
For the elderly who take drugs for a long time, what should be paid attention to during the medication?
Let’s take a look at it together!
According to statistics, prescription drugs for the elderly account for 23%?
40%, over-the-counter drugs account for 40%?
We often see the words “children’s discretion” on the drug label, but many people do not understand that the “discretion” rule applies equally to the elderly.
According to the “Chinese Pharmacopoeia” regulations, the elderly over the age of 60, the amount of medication is equivalent to 3 / 4 of the amount of adult medication, can not increase the amount of medication.
For the elderly over 80 years old, only 1/2 of the adult amount can be given.
Older people are prone to adverse reactions or poisoning due to poor tolerance. They need to take medication from a small dose. Older people who are younger, lighter, and have poorer physical conditions should use drugs at their discretion.
In addition, the elderly often suffer from a variety of diseases at the same time. When taking the medicine, they should first take the treatment of acute and severe drugs. After the condition is stable, take other drugs instead of other alternative treatments, and do not use multiple drugs together.
The elderly should not use more than 5 drugs at the same time.
Experts said that it is necessary to clarify the treatment goals, seize the main contradictions, and choose the main drug treatment.
Anyone who does not improve the efficacy and is poorly tolerated may not be considered for discontinuation to reduce the amount of medication.
If multiple conditions are required for a critically ill condition, the five drug principles should be followed after the condition is stable.
Experts suggest that patients who take long-term medication should go to the hospital for physical examination on a regular basis, and the brakes can be found in time to prevent damage caused by drug accumulation.
At least 45 years of age or older, at least twice a year to ensure a full physical examination; elderly people with long-term chronic diseases, it is best to check the body regularly according to the disease.
For patients who take certain drugs for a long time, special tests should be done regularly.