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Potential food-drug interactions in long-term care.

Abstract

Medication administration at mealtimes may result in food-drug interactions. Older adults are especially at risk of food-drug interactions leading to adverse drug effects and subtherapeutic responses. Research on potential food-drug interactions is limited and dated. This study examined the frequency of potential food-drug interactions in long-term care. Forty-nine percent of drugs administered at mealtimes had potential for interaction, with cardiovascular medications given most frequently. The frequency of potential interactions makes this phenomenon critically important to review. Collaboration between nurses and pharmacists may identify optimal medication scheduling. Nurses can enhance care by identifying strategies to limit interactions through knowledge and creative, collaborative administration schedules.

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  • Authors

    Anderson JK, Fox JR

    Institution

    School of Nursing, Viterbo University, LaCrosse, WI, USA. jkanderson@viterbo.edu

    Source

    Journal of gerontological nursing 38:4 2012 Apr pg 38-46

    MeSH

    Biological Availability
    Food-Drug Interactions
    Humans
    Long-Term Care
    Pharmacokinetics

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22420520