Every few years the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) revises its list of drugs to use carefully (or not at all) in persons aged 65 or older. The latest revision was published January 2019 (press release). AGS, through its Health in Aging Foundation (HealthinAging.org), also published information for patients and caregivers. While many of the drugs by prescription in the U.S., some are over the counter.
It's a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist if drugs you are taking are on this list, especially if you are over 65. But check with your doctor before stopping a prescription drug. Some are dangerous to stop abruptly, and some may need to be replaced with alternatives. Or it may be important to continue the drug despite its risks or side effects.
Patients and others may want to start with a 5-page summary by the American Geriatrics Society, Ten Medications Older Adults Should Avoid Or Use With Caution. The full list for medical professionals is the American Geriatrics Society 2019 Updated AGS Beers Criteria® for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults.
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