Editorial: Deprescribing and Minimizing Use of Anticholinergic Medications

Roy L. Soiza, Malaz A. Boustani, Noll L. Campbell, Arduino A. Mangoni

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Abstract

The global ageing population is increasingly challenged by multi-morbidity resulting in polypharmacy (Soiza 2020). Over the last 2 decades, medications with anticholinergic properties have been particularly strongly associated with a wide range of adverse outcomes (Lowry et al., 2011; Stewart et al., 2021). Despite this, anticholinergic medications have a broad range of indications and continue to be widely prescribed (Bostock et al., 2010). The present challenge is to consider how best to minimize harm from this group of drugs. There is a growing evidence base for the safety and efficacy of deprescribing approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Article number820051
Number of pages2
JournalFrontiers in Pharmacology
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • anticholinergic
  • antimuscarinic
  • drug safety
  • medication withdrawal
  • medicines optimisation
  • prescribing

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