Members of OPEN’s Deprescribing guidelines for the elderly project have developed a Wikipedia entry for deprescribing.
Deprescribing — the process of tapering, withdrawing, discontinuing or stopping medications to reduce polypharmacy, adverse drug effects and inappropriate or ineffective medication use. It involves re-evaluating the ongoing reasons for and the effectiveness of medication therapy. It is often applied to those with chronic conditions, for the elderly and for those who have a limited life expectancy. In all of these situations, polypharmacy can contribute to an increased risk of adverse events, and people may benefit from a reduction in medication use.
Deprescribing, when performed by medical professionals, can be effective in reducing medication burden in patients to improve quality of life while maintaining control of chronic conditions. It must be done carefully with monitoring to avoid worsening of disease or withdrawal effects.
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