Managing constipation in older people

Constipation is common in older people due to factors such as multimorbidity, polypharmacy, frailty, dehydration, a lack of exercise and poor diet.

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Prescribing for a trial period: when and how?

When initiating or changing the dose of a medicine, simple changes to the prescription can allow pharmacists to...

Hepatitis C management in primary care has changed

A new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) oral regimen for the treatment of hepatitis C, glecaprevir + pibrentasvir (Maviret) will...

Hepatitis C is now curable:
contributed by Dr Tony Farrell

With the addition of Maviret to the pharmaceutical schedule, providing curative treatment to people with hepatitis C is now easier than ever.

Stopping proton pump inhibitors in older people

Over one-third of people aged 65 years and older in New Zealand were dispensed a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) in the last year.

Bisphosphonates: addressing the duration conundrum

Bisphosphonates accumulate within bone tissue where they help rebalance the remodelling cycle to increase bone mineral density.

Stopping medicines in older people: the flip side of the prescribing equation

Older people are generally prescribed more medicines than younger people, which contributes to a higher risk of adverse effects.

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Peer Group Discussions

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Feature letters New

Selected letters from readers with interactive feedback

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Antibiotics Guide Updated

Antibiotics Guide 2017 edition

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The COPD prescribing tool Updated

Pharmacological treatment options for patients with COPD

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Coming up...

Our current theme is “Older person’s health”, including articles on frailty, stopping medicines, PPIs, bisphosphonates and constipation.

Coming soon...

Our next theme will be “Reproductive & Sexual health”, including articles on contraception, sexually transmitted infections and HPV vaccination.

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