What is Pharmacologic Therapy? (Posted late on 09/28 from 09/27)

Drug therapy is basically what Pharmacologic Therapy is, but in this case, it includes the preparation, uses and effects of drugs prescribed to those suffering from Overactive Bladder Disorder, OAB. Currently the drug of choice is an anticholinergic agent, which happens to be a substance that blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the central and peripheral nervous system; inhibiting parasympathetic nerve impulses by selectively blocking the binding of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine to its receptor in nerve cells.

Okay, so all is well by using this very complicated drug to manage OAB. Many of these drugs keep popping up. The good thing is that they happen to be longer-acting agents and have been studied where our elderly clients are concerned.

Not only healthcare providers, but us elderly caregivers should be at least somewhat familiar with these drugs in order to know if the doctors are selecting the proper drug therapies and if our clients are using them correctly. If you would like to become more familiar, it is suggested that you visit websites such as http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2312344/ in order to learn something from some of the more important trials which evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of the agents in older people that have been prescribed these drug therapies. Since I am certainly not a physician and get really confused (like many of you) about these types of therapies, I can only lend you the website and recommend you read through it in order to try to gain some understanding toward this front. By doing so, you will be displaying you believe that With Age Comes Respect.


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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