Nursing Home Residents With Dementia Commonly Prescribed Counter Effective Drugs
Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Apr 13, 2016 in Nursing Home Injury or Death
According to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, elderly nursing home residents with dementia are commonly prescribed drugs that counteract the positive effects of their dementia medications.
The study, which was conducted by researchers in Toronto, Canada, focused on a lesser known type of nursing home abuse and neglect by analyzing medications that are commonly prescribed to nursing home residents who suffer from dementia.
The study revealed that cholinesterase inhibitors, a class of medications used to treat dementia, are often given in conjunction with another class of medications called anticholinergics. Anticholinergics are prescribed for conditions such as insomnia, incontinence and depression. When given to patients who are also taking dementia medications, confusion, irritability and cognitive impairment are likely to occur.
In addition to the negative effects of combining medications, the study also found that nursing home residents who were seen by more than one physician over a one-year period were ultimately prescribed more drugs, which raised their risk of experiencing severe, potentially life-threatening drug interactions. According to researchers, residents living in nursing homes see ten physicians each year, on average.
The study’s results indicate a need for better medication monitoring in long-term care facilities and nursing homes. In an effort to eliminate the use of drugs that may interfere with dementia medications, researchers suggest facilities incorporate pharmacist interventions and audits by prescribing physicians, as well as other tools to better evaluate medications prescribed to nursing home residents with dementia.
If your elderly loved one with dementia suffered complications or harmful side effects from prescription drugs, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit and receive financial restitution. The experienced nursing home abuse lawyers at Stewart Bell, PLLC will fight tirelessly to protect the rights of your aging loved one and maximize their compensation amount.