Preventing Polypharmacy in Older Adults

Kathleen Woodruff MS, CRNP


Am Nurs Journal. 2010;5(10) 

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Keep it Simple

As a general rule, healthcare providers should minimize the number of medications prescribed for older adults, keep the dosing schedule as simple as possible, and limit the number of medication changes. Also be aware of which drugs are potentially inappropriate for elderly patients, as listed in the Beers criteria (available at While medications are invaluable for improving the quality of life for many older patients, as healthcare providers we're responsible for making their use less harmful.