Table 3

Adverse events caused by deprescribing

EventCauseAction
Hypertensive (BP increased from 130/80 to 158/80)Stopped bendroflumethiazideMonitor but leave off bendroflumethiazide
Swelling legsFurosemide stoppedRestarted but lower dose
UTIStopped trimethoprimTreated and restarted prophylaxis
BP 170/90Amlodipine stopped (leg swelling)Start another hypertensive
Weepy and tearfulStopped citalopramRestarted
Blood glucose raisedStopped metforminIncrease insulin
GI—heartburnStopped omeprazoleStart lansoprazole
  • BP, blood pressure; GI, gastrointestinal; UTI, urinary tract infection.