Study of Antiulcerous Utilization in the Elderly Population of Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil

Guilherme Schroeter, Lívia Loureiro Chaves, Paula Engroff, Fabiana Tôrres Faggiani, Geraldo Attilio De Carli, Fernanda Bueno Morrone

Abstract


The gradual increase of the longevity is distinguished as one of the most important demographic changes of the last decades. The incidence of antiulcerous users is increasing in this age group, and this strengthens the necessity of the professional-user relation. Objectives: To describe the antiulcerous therapy used by the elderly population of Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil and to analyze the implementation necessity of a pharmaceutical care program to these patients. Methods: Cross-sectional, observational and exploratory study. The instrument used for the data collection was a vali-dated pharmacotherapy questionnaire tabulated and analyzed by the SPSS 14.0 computer program. Results: Of the total of 514 interviewed patients, 13.2% use medicines to acid-peptic illnesses. The inhibitor of proton pump was the medicine subclass more used, followed by the histamine 2 receptor (H2R) antagonist. Great presence of polypharmacy was observed. Only 32.2% of the elderly use self-medication. On the other hand, 71.2% do not understand the medical prescription and 81.4% forget their medicines. Conclusion: The great pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic variability of this population evidences the importance of this study, in order to prevent errors that can cause drugs interactions and side effects. Therefore, the implementation of a pharmaceutical care program to the elderly patient who use antiulcerous is justified.

Keywords


Idosos; Anti-ulcerosos; Atenção Farmacêutica



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