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Descriptor in English: Polypharmacy
Descriptor in Spanish: Polifarmacia
Descriptor in Portuguese: Polimedicação
Descriptor in French: Polypharmacie
Entry term(s): Polymedication
Tree number(s): E02.319.698
Scope note: The use of multiple drugs administered to the same patient, most commonly seen in elderly patients. It includes also the administration of excessive medication. Since in the United States most drugs are dispensed as single-agent formulations, polypharmacy, though using many drugs administered to the same patient, must be differentiated from DRUG COMBINATIONS, single preparations containing two or more drugs as a fixed dose, and from DRUG THERAPY, COMBINATION, two or more drugs administered separately for a combined effect. (From Segen, Dictionary of Modern Medicine, 1992)
Annotation: note category: do not confuse with POLYPHARMACOLOGY, the design or use of drugs acting on multiple targets or pathways or with PHARMACOLOGY, the discipline or with DRUG COMBINATIONS or with POLYCHEMOTHERAPY see DRUG THERAPY, COMBINATION
History Note: 97
See also the descriptors: Drug Antagonism MeSH
Drug Combinations MeSH
Drug Overdose MeSH
Drug Therapy, Combination MeSH
DeCS UI: 33105
Descriptor UI: D019338
Date Established: 1997/01/01
Date of Entry: 1996/06/10
Revision Date: 2017/02/24
Polypharmacy - Preferred
Concept UI M0028787
Scope note The use of multiple drugs administered to the same patient, most commonly seen in elderly patients. It includes also the administration of excessive medication. Since in the United States most drugs are dispensed as single-agent formulations, polypharmacy, though using many drugs administered to the same patient, must be differentiated from DRUG COMBINATIONS, single preparations containing two or more drugs as a fixed dose, and from DRUG THERAPY, COMBINATION, two or more drugs administered separately for a combined effect. (From Segen, Dictionary of Modern Medicine, 1992)
Preferred term Polypharmacy
Entry term(s) Polymedication



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