Gastrointestinal Drug Therapy in the Elderly by James W. Cooper & William E. Wade; 1997; Binghamton, NY: Pharmaceutical Products Press; 114 pages; hard cover; $29.95
This is a clinically relevant book that contains a practical overview of common gastrointestinal conditions and the pharmacotherapy as it affects the geriatric population. Special features include information on pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of gastroesophogeal reflux disease, peptic ulcer disease, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation, and diarrhea.
The book focuses on key issues that affect patient care and is designed for health care providers who prescribe, administer, or monitor older adults. Although the disorders reviewed and the medications described are commonly seen in the treatment of older adults, these medications are easily overlooked when evaluating contributing factors in dangerous drug interactions. Confusion, dizziness, and weakness are just some of the side effects of these drugs that are often attributed to dementia or other causes.
Tables included contain current treatment and dosage recommendations. The book ends with case studies illustrating problems identified from gastrointestinal drug treatments and drugs causing gastrointestinal complications. With knowledge gained, nurses can play a vital role in reducing the impact of potential adverse effects of drugs and improve the elderly patients's quality of life.