Health & wellness

Drugs that could cause problems

The Beers Criteria list medications known to cause problems for older patients.

Named for Dr. Mark H. Beers, who in the late 1980s studied Boston-area nursing home residents, the list of drugs and effects was updated last year for the first time in a decade.

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According to the criteria, some drugs and their possible side effects include:

Benzodiazepines (Lorazepam and diazepam, for example) — Can increase risk of delirium, falls, and car accidents.

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NSAIDS (ibuprofen and naproxen, for example) — Increase risk of gastrointestinal bleeding

Corticosteroids — Older adults at risk of delirium should avoid these.

Antipsychotics — Associated with risk of stroke and mortality in those with dementia.

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The full list can be found at www.americangeriatrics.org

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