A Wrinkle in the Plan: Metabolic Changes and Palliative Care in the Older Adult

Author: Tanya J. Uritsky

There are many changes in the body composition of the older adult that can lead to altered effects of drug therapies. Symptom management in the older adult can be complicated as many of the drugs which we use are amongst those recommended to be avoided in this population. It is critical to understand the metabolic changes that occur as we age and apply pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties to agent selection for symptom control. This session addresses these metabolic changes as well as outlines optimal pharmacologic choices for symptom management in the older adult. (Recorded at PAINWeek 2017)

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