An elderly woman is admitted to the hospital after several adverse reactions to her medications. This patient may benefit from:

Smaller dosages


•Elderly patients often have reduced hepatic and renal function. This can result in elevated blood levels and increased side effects. The patient would benefit from a decrease in her dosage.

•Increased dosage with longer intervals could increase the amount of side effects.

•Weekly visits to the physician would not change the patient's drug reactions.

•Adding additional medications would further complicate the situation and not fix the underlying problem.

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