Iatrogenic agitation is frequently drug-induced in the elderly. The management of the iatrogenic agitation is based on: a detailed analysis of the patient's medications, stopping non-essential drugs, prescribing drugs to the lowest and effective dose possible. This management of the iatrogenic agitation is also based on: adjustment of drugs according to renal function and limitation of polypharmacy. Special attention is necessary when prescribing treatments for patients with cognitive impairment.
[Iatrogenic agitation in elderly patient: prevalence, aetiologies and management].
Presse Med. 2013;42(2):181-6.
MeSH terms: Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Analgesics, Opioid; Cholinergic Antagonists; Humans; Iatrogenic Disease; Prevalence; Psychomotor Agitation; Psychotropic Drugs