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What may an elderly client who experiences several adverse drug reactions benefit from?

What may an elderly client who experiences several adverse drug reactions benefit from?

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A. Reduced drug dosages.
B. Nursing home placement.
C. Increased drug doses at longer intervals.
D. Frequent visits to the physician.
Asked by Mansfield, Last updated: Sep 10, 2018

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G. Horace

G. HoraceContent Developer, Chicago
Content Developer, Chicago

Answered on Sep 10, 2018

The answer to this is letter A. The drug dosages of the elderly will be significantly reduced. It is already common that those who are over 60 would need to take more medications. They would be required to take medications for the maintenance of their health and body. The adverse reaction may mean that they will suffer some side effects because of taking the medications.

By reducing the number of drugs that the elderly are taking, other treatments may become available that are more natural and may not be too harmful to the body. Take note that there are some medications that cancel out each other. There are also some that may have fatal results when mixed.

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Sep 09, 2016

Reduced drug dosages.-rationale: in older clients, diminished hepatic and renal function commonly reduces drug metabolism and excretion. because adverse reactions are frequently related to drug blood level, the client may benefit from reduced drug dosages. adverse drug reactions dont represent a reason for nursing home placement. increased drug doses at longer intervals may increase adverse reactions rather than decrease them. although frequent visits to the physician may benefit the client, the visits themselves wont alter how the clients body reacts to the drug.client needs category: health promotion and maintenanceclient needs subcategory: nonecognitive level: comprehensionreference: taylor, c., et al. fundamentals of nursing: the art and science of nursing care, 6th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 774.
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