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University of Miami Division of Clinical Pharmacology Therapeutic Rounds: medications used to treat anorexia in the frail elderly.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12845394     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Weight loss and anorexia are common problems that are associated with increased morbidity and mortality in the growing frail elderly population. Orexigenic agents are often prescribed in an attempt to improve appetite and lean muscle mass. Much of the data regarding their benefit comes from studies involving younger patients with illnesses such as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or cancer. This article reviews the use and potential adverse events associated with these medications in frail elderly patients. This article also discusses the effects of the different antidepressants and antipsychotics on weight gain and appetite.
Adam G Golden; Lori A Daiello; Michael A Silverman; Maria Llorente; Richard A Preston
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of therapeutics     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1075-2765     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Ther     Publication Date:    2003 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-07-07     Completed Date:  2003-11-05     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9441347     Medline TA:  Am J Ther     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  292-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Internal Medicine, Orlando Regional Healthcare, Orlando, Florida 32806, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over*
Anorexia / drug therapy*,  epidemiology,  etiology
Appetite Stimulants / adverse effects,  therapeutic use*
Clinical Trials as Topic
Dementia / complications*
Frail Elderly*
Weight Loss / drug effects*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Appetite Stimulants

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