Use of over the counter products in older cardiovascular patients admitted to a tertiary care center in USA

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dc.contributor.author Sheikh-Taha, Marwan
dc.contributor.author Dimassi, Hani
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-02T08:08:46Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-02T08:08:46Z
dc.date.copyright 2018 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-10-02
dc.identifier.issn 1471-231 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/11359
dc.description.abstract Background In recent years there has been a substantial increase in the use of over-the-counter (OTC) products around the world. While they are assumed to be safe by consumers, they can potentially lead to adverse effects and drug interactions particularly in older adults. Methods We assessed the patterns of OTC products used by older adults admitted to the cardiology service in a tertiary care medical center in the USA over a three month period. We conducted a retrospective chart review where older adults with cardiovascular diseases (CVD) who were taking at least one OTC product at home were included. Results Out of 404 patients who were admitted to the cardiology service, 281 (69.6%) were taking OTC products. Patients were taking a total of 659 OTC products; mean of 2.35 ± 1.57 and the range varied from 1 to 9 products. The most commonly used products were vitamins (37.3%), followed by laxatives (17%), minerals (13.6%), stomach acid reducers (9%), and analgesics (3.6%). OTC users were found to be suffering from more comorbidities and received more prescription medications as compared to non-users. Gender and age did not have an impact on the use of OTC products while patients with atrial fibrillation, sleep apnea and gastro-esophageal reflux disease were more likely to use OTC products. Conclusion Use of OTC products is quite frequent in older adults with CVD in our study. Clinicians should ask about OTC product usage and counsel patients about the risks and benefits associated with their use. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Use of over the counter products in older cardiovascular patients admitted to a tertiary care center in USA en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SOP en_US
dc.author.idnumber 199410150 en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200603781 en_US
dc.author.department Pharmacy Practice en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal BMC Geriatrics en_US
dc.journal.volume 18 en_US
dc.article.pages 1-6 en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-018-0989-7 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Sheikh-Taha, M., & Dimassi, H. (2018). Use of over the counter products in older cardiovascular patients admitted to a tertiary care center in USA. BMC geriatrics, 18,301, 1-6 en_US
dc.author.email marwan.taha@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.author.email hani.dimassi@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://bmcgeriatr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12877-018-0989-7 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1827-2453 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8037-1201 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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