Medication for pain

Peter Crome

in Pain in Older People

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199212613
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199606924 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library Series Opml P

Medication for pain

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• Older people are the group that take the most prescribed and over-the-counter drugs and are at greatest risk of adverse drug reactions. However, they are also the group with the least evidence base to guide effective treatment. • Frail older people are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of drugs. • As a rule, potent analgesics should be started in lower doses. • Vigilance is required to detect adverse drug reactions which may be atypical in presentation. • Fear of causing adverse effects should not be an excuse for under treatment of pain.

Chapter.  3789 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Geriatric Medicine ; Pain Medicine

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