- Senior Services
A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a prestigious journal, lists drugs that an independent panel of doctors believes are very dangerous for seniors. We are reprinting it here, and you can update it by searching “The Beers List” on Google.
The reference is “Updating the Beers criteria for potentially inappropriate medication use in older adults: results of a US consensus panel of experts”. Arch Intern Med. 2003;163:2716-2724.
Most doctors, unfortunately, prescribe one or perhaps several of the drugs below when far safer alternative drugs and other methods could be used instead. Also, if these drugs are so unsafe for seniors, are they really that safe for others?
Before listing them all, a few classes or groups of popular drugs that are dangerous and should always be skipped or avoided, and are very rarely, if ever, helpful. These are:
chlordiazepoxide (Librium, Mitran)
disopyramide (Norpace, Norpace CR)
ergot mesyloids (Hydergine)
ethacrynic acid (Edecrin)
ferrous sulfate (iron)
hydroxyzine (Vistaril, Atarax)
hyoscyamine (Levsin, Levsinex)
indomethacin (Indocin, Indocin SR)
meprobamate (Miltown, Equanil)
methyltestosterone (Android, Virilon, Testrad)
naproxen (Naprosyn, Avaprox, Aleve)
nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat)
reserpine (Serpalan, Serpasil)
AVOID THESE DRUGS – by Lawrence Wilson, MD (March 2010, The Center For Development)