There are 34 medications that the over 65 crowd should avoid, and the American Recall Center, a helpful web resource that “provides drug and medical device recall information alongside practical healthcare information and support,” reveals them in a recent article. (The article also provides a list of questions to ask about new prescription medications your doctor may order.)
Developed over 20 years ago by the American Geriatrics Society, health care providers, professionals and family caregivers alike can consult the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults to determine which prescription drugs and medicines are unsafe for seniors. The list includes some antihistamines, anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants, prescription drugs for those with Parkinson’s, antipsychotics — often administered to people with dementia, with severe to fatal side effects — and more.
It’s absolutely critical for caregivers at home and in senior living communities who are filling a medication management and administration role to be well-versed in these criteria, to know this list and keep it handy, always. To do so, download the app for your Android or iPhone, or print out this pocket reference list.
For more information and insights about medication safety basics, check out these articles and posts:
- Medications May Cause Memory Loss
- Limits on Painkillers Hurt Seniors
- Preventing Medication Mistakes in Assisted Living, At Home
- Being the Nurse at Home: When Family Caregivers Become Healthcare Workers