Cutler Institute, Population Health and Health Policy, USM Aging Initiative, Health and Wellness
The following information was compiled to serve as a quick reference document for researchers working with the Beers Criteria. This compilation should not be considered or used as a substitute for medical advise, diagnosis, or treatment. The first section lists medications that are potentially inappropriate medications for individuals over the age of 65 regardless of health condition or medical diagnoses. The generic name or category is listed first, followed by phonetic pronunciation, and then followed by an example of trade name(s) for the drug. Some explanation follows of what the drug may be prescribed for (many medications are prescribed for a variety of purposes or indications) and finally, a reason that the medication is considered potentially inappropriate. A second section lists drugs that have a maximum dosage or duration according to the Beers Criteria. An additional list of medications that are potentially inappropriate dependent on diagnosis or condition is not included here. These may be found through reference to the original journal article listed at the end of this document.
Tupper, J. (2004). A guide to potentially inappropriate medications for the elderly: Description of the beers criteria 2003. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, Institute for Health Policy.