Clinical Epidemiology and Ageing

[Iatrogenic agitation in elderly patient: prevalence, aetiologies and management].

Dicko M, Caillet P, Lafuente-Lafuente C, Paillaud E Presse Med. 2013;42(2):181-6.

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.

MeSH terms: Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Analgesics, Opioid; Cholinergic Antagonists; Humans; Iatrogenic Disease; Prevalence; Psychomotor Agitation; Psychotropic Drugs
DOI: 10.1016/j.lpm.2012.06.024

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