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Geriatric Pharmacotherapy. Objectives. Understand key issues in geriatric pharmacotherapy Understand the effect age on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics Discuss risk factors for adverse drug events and ways to diminish them Understand the principles of drug prescribing for older patients.

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    1. Geriatric Pharmacotherapy

    2. Objectives • Understand key issues in geriatric pharmacotherapy • Understand the effect age on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics • Discuss risk factors for adverse drug events and ways to diminish them • Understand the principles of drug prescribing for older patients

    3. The Aging Imperative • Persons aged 65y and older constitute 13% of the population and purchase 33% of all prescription medications • By 2040, 25% of the population will purchase 50% of all prescription drugs

    4. Challenges of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy • New drugs available each year • FDA approved and off-label indications are expanding • Advanced understanding of drug-drug interactions • Increasing popularity of “nutriceuticals” • Polypharmacy • Medication compliance • Effects of aging physiology on drug therapy • Medication cost

    5. Pharmacokinetics (PK) • Absorption • bioavailability: the fraction of a drug dose reaching the systemic circulation • Distribution • locations in the body a drug penetrates expressed as volume per weight (e.g. L/kg) • Metabolism • drug conversion to alternate compounds which may be pharmacologically active or inactive • Elimination • a drug’s final route(s) of exit from the body expressed in terms of half-life or clearance

    6. Age-related changes which affect pharmacokinetics • decreased lean body mass • affects drug distribution • decreased levels of serum albumin • affects drug distribution • decreased liver function • affects drug metabolism/biotransformation • decreased renal function affects drug elimination

    7. Effects of Aging on Absorption • Rate of absorption may be delayed • Lower peak concentration • Delayed time to peak concentration • Overall amount absorbed (bioavailability) is unchanged

    8. Hepatic First-Pass Metabolism • For drugs with extensive first-pass metabolism, bioavailability may increase because less drug is extracted by the liver • Decreased liver mass • Decreased liver blood flow

    9. Factors Affecting Absorption • Route of administration • What it taken with the drug • Divalent cations (Ca, Mg, Fe) • Food, enteral feedings • Drugs that influence gastric pH • Drugs that promote or delay GI motility • Increased GI pH • Decreased gastric emptying • Dysphagia

    10. Effects of Aging on Volume of Distribution (Vd)

    11. Aging Effects on Hepatic Metabolism • Metabolic clearance of drugs by the liver may be reduced due to: • decreased hepatic blood flow • decreased liver size and mass • Examples: morphine, meperidine, metoprolol, propranolol, verapamil, amitryptyline, nortriptyline

    12. Metabolic Pathways ** NOTE: Medications undergoing Phase II hepatic metabolism are generally preferred in the elderly due to inactive metabolites (no accumulation)

    13. enzymatic reactions preparing drugs for elimination Phase I reactions: • oxidation: catalyzed by cytochrome P450 enzymes Phase II reactions: • conjugation: addition of small chemical groups which increase solubility to facilitate elimination • decrease in hepatic blood flow often associated with decreased First Pass Effect • Phase I metabolism decreased • Phase II metabolism generally preserved

    14. Other Factors Affecting Drug Metabolism • Gender • Smoking • Diet • Drug interactions • Race • Weakness

    15. Concepts in Drug Elimination • Half-life • time for serum concentration of drug to decline by 50% (expressed in hours) • Clearance • volume of serum from which the drug is removed per unit of time (mL/min or L/hr)

    16. Drug elimination changes in the elderly decrease in renal functions • decreased blood flow to the kidneys • decreased glomerular filtration • decreased tubular secretion • decline in creatinine clearance Reduced elimination  drug accumulation and toxicity

    17. Effects of Aging on the Kidney • Decreased kidney size • Decreased renal blood flow • Decreased number of functional nephrons • Decreased tubular secretion • Result:  glomerular filtration rate (GFR) • Decreased drug clearance: atenolol, gabapentin, H2 blockers, digoxin, allopurinol, quinolones

    18. Estimating GFR in the Elderly • Creatinine clearance (CrCl) is used to estimate glomerular rate • Serum creatinine alone not accurate in the elderly •  lean body mass  lower creatinine production •  glomerular filtration rate • Serum creatinine stays in normal range, masking change in creatinine clearance

    19. Age Scr CrCl 30 1.1 65 50 1.1 53 70 1.1 41 90 1.1 30 Example: Creatinine Clearance vs. Age in a 5’5”, 55 kg Woman

    20. Pharmacodynamics (PD) • Definition: the time course and intensity of pharmacologic effect of a drug • Age-related changes: •  sensitivity to sedation and psychomotor impairment with benzodiazepines •  level and duration of pain relief with narcotic agents •  drowsiness and lateral sway with alcohol •  HR response to beta-blockers •  sensitivity to anti-cholinergic agents •  cardiac sensitivity to digoxin

    21. PK and PD Summary • PK and PD changes generally result in decreased clearance and increased sensitivity to medications in older adults • Use of lower doses, longer intervals, slower titration are helpful in decreasing the risk of drug intolerance and toxicity • Careful monitoring is necessary to ensure successful outcomes

    22. Optimal Pharmacotherapy • Balance between overprescribing and underprescribing • Correct drug • Correct dose • Targets appropriate condition • Is appropriate for the patient Avoid “a pill for every ill” Always consider non-pharmacologic therapy

    23. Consequences of Overprescribing • Adverse drug events (ADEs) • Drug interactions • Duplication of drug therapy • Decreased quality of life • Unnecessary cost

    24. Adverse Drug Events (ADEs) • Responsible for 5-28% of acute geriatric hospital admissions • Greater than 95% of ADEs in the elderly are considered predictable and approximately 50% are considered preventable • Most errors occur at the ordering and monitoring stages

    25. Most Common Medications Associated with ADEs in the Elderly • Opioid analgesics • NSAIDs • Anticholinergics • Benzodiazepines • Also: cardiovascular agents, CNS agents, and musculoskeletal agents Adverse Drug Reaction Risk Factors in Older Outpatients. Am J Ger Pharmacotherapy 2003;1(2):82-89.

    26. The Criteria

    27. Patient Risk Factors for ADEs • Polypharmacy • Multiple co-morbid conditions • Prior adverse drug event • Low body weight or body mass index • Age > 85 years • Estimated CrCl <50 mL/min

    28. Drug-Drug Interactions (DDIs) • May lead to adverse drug events • Likelihood  as number of medications  • Most common DDIs: • cardiovascular drugs • psychotropic drugs • Most common drug interaction effects: • confusion • cognitive impairment • hypotension • acute renal failure

    29. Concepts in Drug-Drug Interactions • Absorption may be  or  • Drugs with similar effects can result additive effects • Drugs with opposite effects can antagonize each other • Drug metabolism may be inhibited or induced

    30. Common Drug-Drug Interactions Doucet J, Chassagne P, Trivalle C, et al. Drug-drug interactions related to hospital admissions in older adults: a prospective study of 1000 patients. J Am Geriatr Soc 1996;44(9):944-948.

    31. Drug-Disease Interactions • Obesity alters Vd of lipophilic drugs • Ascites alters Vd of hydrophilic drugs • Dementia may  sensitivity, induce paradoxical reactions to drugs with CNS or anticholinergic activity • Renal or hepatic impairment may impair metabolism and excretions of drugs • Drugs may worsen a medical condition

    32. Common Drug-Disease Interactions

    33. Principles of Prescribing in the Elderly • Avoid prescribing prior to diagnosis • Start with a low dose and titrate slowly • Avoid starting 2 agents at the same time • Reach therapeutic dose before switching or adding agents • Consider non-pharmacologic agents

    34. Prescribing Appropriately • Determine therapeutic endpoints and plan for assessment • Consider risk vs. benefit • Avoid prescribing to treat side effect of another drug • Use 1 medication to treat 2 conditions • Consider drug-drug and drug-disease interactions • Use simplest regimen possible • Adjust doses for renal and hepatic impairment • Avoid therapeutic duplication • Use least expensive alternative

    35. Preventing Polypharmacy • Review medications regularly and each time a new medication started or dose is changed • Maintain accurate medication records (include vitamins, OTCs, and herbals) • “Brown-bag”

    36. Non-Adherence • Rate may be as high as 50% in the elderly • Factors in non-adherence • Financial, cognitive, or functional status • Beliefs and understanding about disease and medications

    37. Enhancing Medication Adherence • Avoid newer, more expensive medications that are not shown to be superior to less expensive generic alternatives • Simplify the regimen • Utilize pill organizers or drug calendars • Educate patient on medication purpose, benefits, safety, and potential ADEs

    38. Summary • Successful pharmacotherapy means using the correct drug at the correct dose for the correct indication in an individual patient • Age alters PK and PD • ADEs are common among the elderly • Risk of ADEs can be minimized by appropriate prescribing

    39. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION سهراب سپهری زندگی یعنی چه؟ زندگی، باور دریاست در اندیشه ماهی، در تنگ زندگی، فهم نفهمیدن هاست زندگی ، خاطره آمدن و رفتن ماست