Over-the-counter analgesics in older adults: a call for improved labelling and consumer education.

@article{Roumie2004OverthecounterAI,
  title={Over-the-counter analgesics in older adults: a call for improved labelling and consumer education.},
  author={Christianne L. Roumie and Marie R. Griffin},
  journal={Drugs & aging},
  year={2004},
  volume={21 8},
  pages={485-98}
}
The use of analgesics increases with age and on any given day 20-30% of older adults take an analgesic medication. Over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics are generally well tolerated and effective when taken for brief periods of time and at recommended dosages. However, their long-term use, use at inappropriately high doses, or use by persons with contraindications may result in adverse effects, including gastrointestinal haemorrhage, cardiovascular toxicity, renal toxicity and hepatotoxicity. Many… CONTINUE READING