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Weight Loss in the Elderly: Medications Complicating the Picture?

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An 81-year-old female presented with weight loss as a result of her multiple comorbidities, including a history of congestive heart failure (CHF), coronary artery disease, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, and stroke. She has experienced deepvenous thrombosis in her right leg, severe depression, and dementia and also has suffered a right tibial and fibular fracture. All of these comorbidites and her medication regimen complicated the issue of weight loss. A senior care pharmacist addressed the complexity of her situation with a goal of preventing potentially negative outcome of any prescribed medication. This case demonstrates the importance of a pharmacist taking a focused look at the addition of a new medication.
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Keywords: Hepatotoxicity; Oxandrolone; Warfarin; Weight loss

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2005

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  • The Consultant Pharmacist® is the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. It is dedicated exclusively to the medication needs of the elderly in all settings, including adult day care, ambulatory care, assisted living, community, hospice, and nursing facilities. This award-winning journal is a member benefit of ASCP. Individuals who are not members and wish to receive The Consultant Pharmacist® will want to consider joining ASCP.
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