Why should I consider deprescribing?
Over time priorities can change and some medications may become unnecessary
There is no current indication for the medication
Long-term use is associated with increased risk of potential harms
The medication is associated with drug/food interactions
Desire to reduce polypharmacy
What are the key steps to successful deprescribing?
Identify and prioritize potential medications for deprescribing
Engage the patient, family and/or caregivers and make a plan, allowing for shared decision making that considers the patient’s values and priorities
Use evidence-based deprescribing algorithms and guidelines to taper and/or discontinue medication, ensuring adequate communication with patient, caregivers, the pharmacist, and other health professionals. See resources here.
Monitor and review for any important outcomes or withdrawal symptoms