Prescriptions for the Elderly

  • Skill Level
  • Lectures
    2 Videos
  • Enrolled
    57 students
  • Sample Certificate

What you'll learn

About 1/5th of individuals in the world are older individuals and prescribing a drug to the elderly is a science and art which poses a unique challenge. This renders a complex and high-risk process due to their body physiology and metabolism of drugs. Optimizing drug therapy is an essential part of treating older individuals since they take various medications for various diseases. read more »»

The process of prescribing a medication is complex and includes indications, choice of drug, determining a dose, monitoring efficacy, etc. Knowledge of drug prescription, precautions while prescribing is very important for physicians to tackle older individuals’ health conditions. This course will help you to understand all these and a lot more to upgrade your knowledge to the next level.

Who should attend?

  • General practitioners
  • Primary care physicians
  • Undergraduate medical students (Interns)
  • Postgraduate students in medicine
  • Nurses, life science graduates
  • Physicians practicing Alternative Medicine (AYUSH)

Key concepts covered include:

An overview of

  • How to prescribe a drug for the elderly
  • Precautions to be taken
  • History to be taken
  • How to evaluate medical conditions


Dr. O.P. Sharma

Sr. Consultant at Geriatric Medicine, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi and Emeritus Clinical Tutor at Apollo Hospitals Educational and Research Foundation.


DR. O. P. Sharma is the Sr. Consultant of Geriatric Medicine at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi. He is the General Secretary of the Geriatric Society of India. He is a National Professor of Geriatrics. Dr. Sharma holds the position of Editor for Principles & Practices in Geriatric Medicine 2015, Chief Editor of Indian Journal of Geriatric Care, and Course Director cum Editor: AKN Sinha Institute – Geriatric Course. He also served in the positions as Editor of Indian Recommendations for Vaccination in Older Adults 2015, Core Committee Member of International Council on Adult Immunization – USA, Expert Group Member Geriatrics: Indian Council of Medical & Research, Expert Committee Member – Haj Vaccination initiatives – Malaysia 2015, Medscape “Pneumococcal Disease –A toxic Mix” Munich Germany 2013, Expert Committee Member of South East Asia Pneumococcal meet – Hong Kong 2013, Invited Speaker at World Anti-Ageing Conference held at Las Vegas, USA during 2007.

For: intermediates

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