Drug-associated diarrhoea and constipation in older people: 1. Diarrhoea

Ranjit N. Ratnaike, Austin Milton, Olimpia Nigro

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Diarrhoea and constipation are common side effects of many drugs. In the elderly, such drug-related iatrogenic conditions compound the increased prevalence of acute and chronic illness. In older persons, an awareness of diarrhoea and constipation as complications of drug therapy and the use of preventative measures wherever practical may significantly increase the quality of life of the patient. It is important to understand the mechanisms whereby medications may cause diarrhoea and constipation and to periodically review drug use in the elderly. The first part of this review explains the mechanisms involved in drug-induced diarrhoea and gives examples of drugs commonly involved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-169
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Pharmaceutical Science

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