Reducing the risk of drug side effects

Answer: The risk of adverse drug events (ADEs) in older people can be reduced by identifying those at increased risk,1 by knowing which medicines are associated with ADEs 2 and by monitoring patients’ response to medicines.1

Older people with declining health status and who are taking more than five medicines (polypharmacy) are at higher risk of suffering ADEs.1 These include people with age-related physiological changes (e.g. kidney and liver function