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Pharmacology and Dysphagia Part 1

presented by Denise Dougherty, MA, CCC-SLP

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Financial: Denise Dougherty receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Denise Dougherty is a Past President AAPPSPA –American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology •Quality Insights of Pennsylvania.

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Video Runtime: 69 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

Medication review is a necessary part of the chart review for any evaluation, especially dysphagia. Medications can contribute to/exacerbate a patient's dysphagia. However, our training in pharmacology may be minimal, at best. How do medications work, and what impact do they have on the swallow? This two part presentation will provide you with basic knowledge about absorption and metabolism of medications, intended and unintended impact of medications, physiologic changes in the older adult, and possible interactions of drugs, herbs and foods. Specific disorders and the most common medications for each will be reviewed with potential side effects. You will leave this program with resources to use for a medication review.

Meet Your Instructor

Denise Dougherty, MA, CCC-SLP

Denise Dougherty owns a private practice in Indiana, PA. Ms. Dougherty was an adjunct faculty member at York College of Pennsylvania and Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. She is a past President of the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA), received the Academy's 2007 Honor Award for her achievements and…

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1. Older Adult and Physiologic Changes

As we age, physiologic changes impact our health, increasing risk for decline in mobility, cognition, nutrition and diseases. Medication use increases, whether it is self-medication with over the counter products or increased use of prescriptions prescription drugs. These physiologic changes can impact the effect of medications.

2. Metabolism and Absorption of Medications

Medications differ in how they are administered, metabolized and absorbed in the body. This process varies based on the type of medication. The 3 P’s: pharmaceutic, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics are broken down to increase the understanding of how medications work.

3. CAM - Complementary Alternative Medicine

Many patients and families look for alternative treatment options to complement medications they currently take or to replace them. Herbs used to treat specific disorders/diseases are identified, with discussion of potential side effects.

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