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Drugs Aging. 1996 Oct;9(4):221-5.

The role of medications in geriatric failure to thrive.

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School of Pharmacy, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, USA. uopsian@aol.Com

Abstract

Geriatric failure to thrive (GFTT) is a syndrome associated with functional decline, depression and malnutrition. Adverse drug reactions are cited as one of the most common causes of GFTT. Two distinct drug-related issues should be considered. Firstly, failure to provide appropriate treatment for conditions such as anaemia, depression, nutritional deficiencies and pain may precipitate GFTT. Secondly, drug-induced functional decline and decreased nutrient intake may cause or contribute to the syndrome. Pharmacological intervention may include discontinuing potentially offending agents for a trial period, or drug treatment of anorexia and depression.

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