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Medication for pain 

Medication for pain
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Medication for pain
Author(s):

Peter Crome

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199212613.003.0007
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date: 12 April 2021

Older people are the group that take the most prescribed and over-the-counter drugs and are at greatest risk of adverse drug reactions. However, they are also the group with the least evidence base to guide effective treatment.

Frail older people are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of drugs.

As a rule, potent analgesics should be started in lower doses.

Vigilance is required to detect adverse drug reactions which may be atypical in presentation.

Fear of causing adverse effects should not be an excuse for under treatment of pain.

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