Deprescribing in older people

Michelle Liacos, Amy Theresa Page, Christopher Etherton-Beer

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Deprescribing is the process of discontinuing drugs that are either potentially harmful or no longer required. It can be achieved in older people and may be associated with improved health outcomes without long-term adverse effects. The risk of drug withdrawal effects can often be mitigated by carefully monitoring and gradually tapering the dose. Deprescribing should ideally be a shared decision-making process between the patient and the prescriber.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-120
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Prescriber
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


  • Aged
  • Deprescribing
  • Drug withdrawal symptoms
  • Falls
  • Polypharmacy

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