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FILIE HADDAD, Marcela; SATIE TAKAMIYA, Aline; MARTINS DA SILVA, Eulália Maria  and  BARROS BARBOSA, Débora. Pharmacology in the elderly: continuous use medicines and drug-drug interaction risks. Gerokomos [online]. 2009, vol.20, n.1, pp.22-27. ISSN 1134-928X.

Introduction: It was observed a considerable growth of elderly people. They are who use more medicines. The physiological changes associated with the age advancing can make pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic alterations. The cognitive decline, physical limitations and associate chronic pathology affect the medications appropriately use ability. Aims: Based in a literature review, appoint the main pharmacological groups prescribed to the elderly and the drug-drug interaction risks. Conclusion: The most of elderly use continually at least 3 medicines, the most prescribed are to cardiovascular and psychic diseases treatment.

Keywords : Elderly; continuous use medicines; drug-drug interaction.

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