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Clin Geriatr Med. 2011 May;27(2):171-91. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2011.01.003. Epub 2011 Mar 25.

Medications in long-term care: when less is more.

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Department of Psychiatry, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, University of California, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92093, USA.


Attention has been drawn to the potential risks of several medications in the long-term care setting. Most of these medications deemed as inappropriate affect the central nervous system and are indicated only for select populations with specific conditions. Many of these drugs are prescribed without clear indications and continued indefinitely without critical decision-making about the potentially salutary effects of discontinuing medications. This article describes the increasing awareness of potentially inappropriate prescribing in the long-term care setting and reviews the rationale for why various types of medications are deemed inappropriate, with a focus on agents that affect central nervous system functioning.

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