Editors: Unax Lertxundi, Juan Medrano, Rafael Hernández

Psychopharmacological Issues in Geriatrics

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Library Book: US $236
ISBN: 978-1-68108-035-2
eISBN: 978-1-68108-034-5 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2015
DOI: 10.2174/97816810803451150101

Introduction

Demographic changes due to improved life expectancy and access to medical care has increased the number of people aged 65 years and beyond. This raises an important new challenge for healthcare professionals. Changes in organ functions, homeostatic mechanisms and receptor responsiveness impair drug distribution, metabolism and excretion, and reduce the effectiveness of medicines among geriatric patients. As a consequence, management of medical regimens is much more challenging in the elderly than in younger adult patients. Elderly patients are also more susceptible than other age groups to certain drug-drug interactions, drug-disease interactions and adverse drug reactions owing to the number of drugs administered.

Polypharmacy and potentially inappropriate medication is a common finding in the elderly healthcare and it is considered a public health issue related to morbidity, mortality and health care resource use.

Psychopharmacological Issues in Geriatrics can be regarded as a ‘pharmacovigilance’ manual for elderly patients as it presents recommendations for geriatric prescription with specific considerations.

The book also provides a comprehensive review of specific classes of psychopharmacological agents used to treat geriatric patients, including antipsychotics, anxiolytics, hypnotics and mood stabilizers. The book is intended as a handbook for general medical and nursing practitioners.

Contributors

Editor(s):
Unax Lertxundi
Pharmacy Service
Araba´s Mental Health Network
C/Alava 43 01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz
Araba/Álava
Spain


Juan Medrano
Ezkerraldea - Enkarterri Mental Health Community Services
Bizkaia´s Mental Health Network
C/Alava 43 01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz
Bizkaia/Vizcaya
Spain


Rafael Hernández
Internal Medicine
Araba´s Mental Health Network
C/Alava 43 01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz
Araba/Álava
Spain




Contributor(s):
Ainhoa Urrutia
Pharmacy Service
Galdakao-Usánsolo Hospital
Barrio Labeaga s/n, 48960 Galdakao
Bizkaia/Vizcaya
Spain


Alicia Rodríguez-Gascón
Pharmacokinetics, Nanotechnology and Gene Therapy Group, Pharmananogene Faculty of Pharmacy
Vitoria-Gasteiz
Spain


Amaia López de Torre
Pharmacy Service
Galdakao-Usánsolo Hospital
Barrio Labeaga s/n, 48960 Galdakao
Bizkaia/Vizcaya
Spain


Ane Gómez de Segura
Pharmacy Service
Araba´s Mental Health Network,Vitoria-Gasteiz
Araba/Álava
Spain


Arantxa Isla Ruiz
Pharmacokinetics, Nanotechnology and Gene Therapy Group, Pharmananogene Faculty of Pharmacy
University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU
Vitoria-Gasteiz
Spain


Beatriz Corcóstegui
Pharmacy Service
Bizkaia´s Mental Health Network
Bizkaia
Spain


Carmelo Aguirre
Basque Country Pharmacovigilance Unit
Galdakao-Usansolo Hospital
BarrioLabeaga s/n, 48960 Galdakao
Bizkaia/Vizcaya
Spain


Javier Peral
Pharmacy Service
Galdakao-Usánsolo Hospital
Barrio Labeaga s/n, 48960 Galdakao
Bizkaia/Vizcaya
Spain


Jesús Ángel Padierna
Psychiatry Service
Galdakao-Usansolo Hospital
Barrio Labeaga s/n, 48960 Galdakao
Bizkaia/Vizcaya
Spain


Juan Medrano
Ezkerraldea - Enkarterri Mental Health Community Services
Bizkaia´s Mental Health Network, Portugalete
Bizkaia
Spain


Maria Ángeles Solinís Aspiazu
Pharmacokinetics, Nanotechnology and Gene Therapy Group, Pharmananogene Faculty of Pharmacy
University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU
Vitoria-Gasteiz
Spain


Monserrat García
Basque Country Pharmacovigilance Unit
Galdakao-Usansolo Hospital
Barrio labeaga s/n, 48960 Galdakao
Bizkaia/Vizcaya
Spain


Rafael Hernández
Internal Medicine
Araba´s Mental Health Network
C/Alava 43 01006, Vitoria-Gasteiz
Araba/Álava
Spain


Saioa Domingo-Echaburu
Pharmacy Service
Alto Deba Integrated Health Organization, Avda, Nafarroa, 16
20500 Arrasate Gipuzkoa/Guipuzcoa
Spain


Unax Lertxundi
Pharmacy Service
Araba´s Mental Health Network, Vitoria-Gasteiz
Araba
Spain




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