Int J Clin Pharm (2017) 39:627–628 DOI 10.1007/s11096-017-0500-0 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Over-the-counter medications containing diphenhydramine and doxylamine used by older adults to improve sleep, a Letter 1 1 Bhuvaneshwari Sudershan Ashwin Kamath Received: 28 May 2017 / Accepted: 8 June 2017 / Published online: 15 June 2017 Springer International Publishing AG 2017 Dear Editor, awareness regarding the safety risks of the OTC medica- tions containing DIPH/DOX in this population conveys the We read with immense interest the article by Abraham magnitude of the problem to be expected in populations et al.  regarding use of over-the-counter (OTC) medi- with lower overall education levels. Abraham et al.  cations containing diphenhydramine/doxylamine (DIPH/ have used the education status as a proxy to measure health DOX) by older adults to improve sleep. A number of literacy. However, good education status does not always studies have focussed on the prescription of drugs con- mean better health literacy. This is supported by ﬁndings of sidered inappropriate in the elderly population as per the the current study as well. Hence, it would have been ideal if Beers criteria . However, consideration of the issue of an appropriate instrument was used to measure health lit-
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Published: Jun 15, 2017
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