When preparing a teaching session for residents at an assisted living facility, the nurse will include what?
A) The importance of avoiding intentional underdosing
B) The importance of using multiple pharmacies for cost-effective savings on prescription drugs
C) The importance of taking double amounts of missed doses to maintain therapeutic levels of medications
D) The importance of reducing protein intake while taking prescription medications
Underdosing, with resulting therapeutic failure, is much more common (90%) than overdosing among the elderly. In most cases (75%), the nonadherence is intentional because of the patient's conviction that the drug was simply not needed or because of unpleasant side effects. Polypharmacy should be avoided, as should doubling missed doses. Doubling a dose could result in intentional overdosing. Reducing protein intake can result in decreased drug binding to albumin; consequently, the amount of free drug is increased, which could result in drug toxicity