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Polypharmacy Summary

Description: The use of multiple drugs administered to the same patient, most commonly seen in elderly patients. It includes also the administration of excessive medication. Since in the United States most drugs are dispensed as single-agent formulations, polypharmacy, though using many drugs administered to the same patient, must be differentiated from DRUG COMBINATIONS, single preparations containing two or more drugs as a fixed dose, and from DRUG THERAPY, COMBINATION, two or more drugs administered separately for a combined effect. (From Segen, Dictionary of Modern Medicine, 1992)

Key Diseases for which Polypharmacy is Relevant

  1. Heart Failure : 6 outcomes 3 studies in 72 results
  2. Seizures (Seizure) : 6 outcomes 1 study in 39 results
  3. Schizophrenia (Dementia Praecox) : 5 outcomes 39 studies in 127 results
  4. Drug Toxicity (Drug Safety) : 4 outcomes 12 studies in 182 results
  5. Epilepsy (Aura) : 4 outcomes 2 studies in 45 results
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Drugs Related to Polypharmacy

  1. Clozapine (Clozaril)
  2. Anticonvulsants (Antiepileptic Drugs)
  3. carvedilol (Coreg)
  4. Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
  5. Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors (ACE Inhibitors)
  6. Cytochromes
  7. Xylitol
  8. Sotalol (Sotalol Hydrochloride)
  9. Betaine (C.B.B.)
  10. olive oil
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Therapies Related to Polypharmacy

  1. Complementary Therapies (Alternative Medicine)
  2. Therapeutics
  3. Length of Stay
  4. Drug Therapy (Chemotherapy)
  5. Inappropriate Prescribing
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