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Older Adults With Unintended Weight Loss: The Role of Appetite Stimulants

Levitt, Avi, BSN, RN; O'Neil, Jean, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

doi: 10.1097/NHH.0000000000000692
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The increasing older adult population guarantees that healthcare providers are more likely to encounter patients requiring treatment for unintended weight loss. Due to physiologic changes that occur in the older adult, it is important to know how to assess for, and diagnose unintended weight loss, as well as understand the treatment options. In addition to the use of enteral and parenteral nutrition, appetite stimulants have been used in older adults. Understanding the dosage, side effects, and proper usage of appetite stimulants, such megestrol acetate, mirtazapine, and dronabinol, is crucial in order to provide safe and effective patient care.

Avi Levitt, BSN, RN, is an MSN Student, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing, California State University, Los Angeles, California.

Jean O'Neil, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing, MSN Program, Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing, California State University, Los Angeles, California.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address for correspondence: Avi Levitt, BSN, RN (avi.levitt@me.com).

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