Thursday, October 28, 2010

Drug Interactions are Common in the Elderly

Many elderly patients take 10-12 prescription drugs. Dangerous drug interactions are frequently unavoidable with this many meds. Most doctors do not thoroughly check for interactions. If you are taking a lot of medicines, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements, ask your pharmacist to check you for interactions. Then ask your doctor about any issues that come up. Some interactions create potential problems but are being tolerated fine in your situation. Others might put you at risk. About 100,000 deaths are caused each year by properly prescribed drugs in hospitals. Finally, work with your doctor to minimize the prescription drugs you need to take. Often, a nutrient plan can help you do without drugs. This approach is much safer, and can save you money as well.

See Family Practice News (click here), July, 2010, p. 68.

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