Medications to Avoid or Use with Caution | Resident & Family Newsletter | Jun 2019

June 2019 | Be Well — Be Safe | VIEW PDF

Did you know? People over the age of 65 might be more sensitive to certain medications

Here are some commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) medications (purchased without prescriptions)
that older adults need to avoid or use with caution, and the reasons why.

MEDICATION TO AVOID OR USE CAUTIOUSLY REASON(S)
1. ANTIHISTAMINES

  a. Diphenhydramine, Chlorpheniramine included in:

                        ·  Allergy medications (e.g. Benadryl®)

                        ·  Cold medications (e.g. Tylenol® Cold, Advil® Cold and Sinus, Buckley’s®, Benylin®)

                        ·  OTC Sleep products (e.g. Tylenol® NightTime, Advil® PM, Aleve® PM, Sleep.eze®, Nytol®, Unisom®)

                        b. Dimenhydrinate, included in:

                        ·  Nausea and Motion Sickness medications (e.g. Gravol®)

2. MUSCLE RELAXANTS

                        ·  Methocarbamol (e.g. Robaxin®, Robaxacet®, Robax Platinum®)

·         Drowsiness

·         Dry mouth

·         Increase your risk of falls

·         Constipation and problems urinating

3. NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS (NSAIDS)

                        a. Pain Killers

                        ·  Acetylsalicylic Acid (ASA) (e.g. Aspirin® >325mg/day)

                        ·  Ibuprofen (e.g. Advil®/Motrin®)

                        ·  Naproxen (e.g. Aleve®)

·         Increase the risk of bleeding stomach ulcers

·         Increase blood pressure

·         Affect your kidney function

·         Make heart failure worse

If you are taking any of these medications…
  • Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist
  • Be extra-cautious when using OTC medications if you have kidney problems
  • Do not stop taking any medications without first talking to your healthcare provider

References:

  1. Ten Medications Older Adults Should Avoid Or Use With Caution https://www.healthinaging.org/tools-and-tips/ten-medications-olderadults-
    should-avoid-or-use-caution

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