Medications and their side effects are a leading cause of falls in older Americans, and one that long-term care pharmacy providers needs to remain vigilant about. Falls in older adults can be debilitating, so it is important that all providers look out for medications that are known to have exaggerated side effects in older adults. Whenever possible, providers should stop medications, switch to safer alternatives, and reduce medications to the lowest effective dose. There are certain medications that should be monitored closely and are included in the BEERS Criteria, which are guidelines for providers to help improve the safety of medications in older adults.
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