Geriatrics and Polypharmacy

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Geriatrics and PolypharmacyNameInstituteIn her article minimizing the risk of polypharmacy, Barbara Jesson looks at how ageing affects the benefits of medication and ways the treatment can be improved. She starts her article by giving a general overview of polypharmacy and why the problem is on the rise in the recent past. She goes ahead to explain what happens to the different medication prescribed to the patient once they enter the body. This she refers to as pharmacological process and divides it into two main processes. The first process is pharmacokinetics which she defines as what the body does to the drug once it is ingested. Pharmacokinetics is further divided into four phases that include absorption, drug distribution, metabolism and excretion. In each stage, she explains how ageing affects and ways to reduce this effect. The second process is called pharmacodynamics which explains what the drug does to the body or the effect. She demonstrates how ageing influences the medicines effectiveness to the condition the patient is suffering

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