Inappropriate Use of Skeletal Muscle Relaxants in Geriatric Patients

Skeletal muscle relaxants cause drowsiness and sedation as side effects and place patients at increased risk of falls. It’s important to be selective when recommending these medications and avoid their inappropriate use as alternatives to conventional pain medications, such as opioids, especially in the geriatric population. This article provides pharmacy-related guidance on muscle relaxants for the provision of education to prescribers and patients.

 Link: US Pharm (1/2020)