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Effect of age-related changes in gastric physiology on tolerability of medications for older people

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Julia Newton


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Studies specifically examining the effect of age upon the stomach are limited and frequently uncontrolled for the high prevalence of Helicobacter pylori in this age group. Age-related changes in gastric physiology such as reduced mucosal protection, gastric blood flow and impaired repair mechanisms may all impact upon gastrointestinal adverse effects and how older people tolerate medicines. Understanding how the upper gastrointestinal tract changes with advancing age could allow interventions that lead to more appropriate prescribing for older people, potentially reduce adverse effects, increase compliance with treatment regimens, and may allow older people to take medications that they would not otherwise tolerate. This review emphasises how the stomach changes with age, and how understanding this will aid clinicians when prescribing medications with potential gastrointestinal adverse effects to older people. © 2005 Adis Data Information BV. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Newton JL

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Drugs and Aging

Year: 2005

Volume: 22

Issue: 8

Pages: 655-661

ISSN (print): 1170-229X

ISSN (electronic): 1179-1969


DOI: 10.2165/00002512-200522080-00003

PubMed id: 16060716