age our body tends to change how drugs are processed and patients are more susceptible to comorbidities and diseases like dementia. The patient has renal failure. Medications in patients with renal failure tend to take longer for the kidneys to excrete and will remain in the system longer than the half-life. “Renal failure can affect the patient’s tubular secretion and absorption, the glomerular blood flow and its filtration, and renal metabolism of medications” (Gloe, 2016). When prescribing any medication that is excreted by the kidneys the provider needs to base the dose of patient’s renal function. Maintaining or reduction in medication doses are often a in for patients with renal failure. Drug toxicity is very common side effect if the patient is not monitored consistently when it comes to their drug regimen. Age factor can play a huge influence when prescribing medications to the elderly population. Assessing the patient’s ability to keep and follow a schedule when prescribing medication is a must. Prescribing a medication that has the best outcome for the patient is the best practice. Considering the side effects that the patient may have and if it is more harmful then beneficial for the patient (Hilmer, McLachlan, & Le Couteur, 2007). Elderly patients need more discussion regarding the side effects and how often they should be taking the prescribed medication.
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