Troublesome medications

Published: March, 2008

Pay special attention to a quintet of drugs used by people with heart disease.

All medications, from alpha blockers to vitamins, have the potential to cause unwanted side effects. Usually, though, they don't, and their benefits far outweigh the chances of harm. But for a few medications, benefit and risk are so close together that the drugs are deemed "potentially inappropriate" for older people. A catalog of such drugs, called the Beers list, includes nearly 80 medications.

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