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Beers List

Posted by Laura on December 29, 2009

The Beers list, sometimes referred to as the Beers criteria, was developed by a group of 12 clinicians with expertise in geriatrics and led by Dr. Mark Beers (Editor in-Chief of Merck Manual).  First released in 1991, the Beers List was initially created to help clinicians determine which medications should be avoided in nursing home patients since seniors in nursing homes are particularly at risk for suffering medication-related problems.  Since then, the Beers List has been updated twice with the latest revision released in 2003.  The list has been broadened to encompass potentially inappropriate medications for the senior population regardless of where they reside or receive care.  In addition, the list has been divided into two primary groups: a list of medications considered potentially inappropriate independent of diseases/conditions, and a list of medications considered potentially inappropriate when used in seniors with certain diseases or conditions. The medications listed will link to Medline Plus by the US National Library of Medicine (NLM).

                              Beers List  (Beers Criteria)

alprazolam (Xanax) indomethacin (Indocin, Indocin SR)
amiodarone (Cordarone) isoxsuprine (Vasodilan)
amitriptyline (Elavil) K
amphetamines ketorolac (Toradol)
anorexic agents L
B lorazepam (Ativan)
barbiturates M
belladonna alkaloids (Donnatal) meperidine (Demerol)
bisacodyl (Dulcolax) meprobamate (Miltown, Equanil)
C mesoridazine (Serintil)
carisoprodol (Soma) metaxalone (Skelaxin)
cascara sagrada methocarbamol (Robaxin)
chlordiazepoxide (Librium, Mitran) methyldopa (Aldomet)
chlordiazepoxide-amitriptyline (Limbitrol) methyldopa-hydrochlorothiazide (Aldoril)
chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton) methyltestosterone (Android, Virilon, Testrad)
chlorpropamide (Diabinese) mineral oil
chlorzoxazone (Paraflex) N
cimetidine (Tagamet) naproxen (Naprosyn, Avaprox, Aleve)
clidinium-chlordiazepoxide (Librax) Neoloid
clonidine (Catapres) nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat)
clorazepate (Tranxene) nitrofurantoin (Microdantin)
cyclandelate (Cyclospasmol) O
cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) orphenadrine (Norflex)
cyproheptadine (Periactin) oxaprozin (Daypro)
D oxazepam (Serax)
dessicated thyroid oxybutynin (Ditropan)
dexchlorpheniramine (Polaramine) P
diazepam (Valium) pentazocine (Talwin)
dicyclomine (Bentyl) perphenazine-amitriptyline (Triavil)
digoxin (Lanoxin) piroxicam (Feldene)
diphenhydramine (Benadryl) promethazine (Phenergan)
dipyridamole (Persantine) propantheline (Pro-Banthine)
disopyramide (Norpace, Norpace CR) propoxyphene (Darvon) and combination products
doxazosin (Cardura) Q
doxepin (Sinequan) quazepam (Doral)
ergot mesyloids (Hydergine) reserpine (Serpalan, Serpasil)
estrogens T
ethacrynic acid (Edecrin) temazepam (Restoril)
F thioridazine (Mellaril)
ferrous sulfate (iron) ticlopidine (Ticlid)
fluoxetine (Prozac) triazolam (Halcion)
flurazepam (Dalmane) trimethobenzamide (Tigan)
G tripelennamine
guanadrel (Hylorel)  
guanethidine (Ismelin)  
halazepam (Paxipam)  
hydroxyzine (Vistaril, Atarax)  
hyoscyamine (Levsin, Levsinex)  

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