Medication Risks

We've Become A Pill Nation

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Taking too many drugs . . . Taking drugs that aren't needed . . . Taking drugs prematurely


Drug use has increased 85% in 20 years. 55% new regularly take more than 4 prescription meds plus over-the-counter and herbal supplements.Taking 

What's In Your Medicine Cabinet

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92% of seniors have at least one chronic condition and take 5 or more medications. 


Are you taking several medications, supplements, or non-prescription products for one or more ailments? Do you have more than one doctor or provider? When used properly, medications can help us live longer and healthier lives.  But risks are there.




 

Serious Risks for Seniors

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Seniors are 75% more likely to experience an adverse reaction to a medication. . .

Resulting in 12% of all  hospital admissions. . .

50% of these admissions are avoidable.


Medication-related problems are estimated to be one of the top five causes of death, and a major cause of confusion, depression, falls, disability, and loss of independence.

Reaction Risks are Real

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If you are taking more than 4 meds or have multiple doctors involved, the potential for adverse reactions increases exponentially.


10% of those taking prescription drugs have had an adverse reaction bad enough to go to the ER.


43% of people who take prescription meds have said that pharmacists haven't told them about side effects.

When Drugs Don't Mix

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Common prescription medications plus over-the-counter meds and dietary supplements don't always mix well.


  • Taking a blood thinner plus baby aspirin and Aleve PM can cause bleeding.
  • Taking a blood pressure medication plus Aleve can lower the effect of the blood pressure med.

Abrupt Stops Aren't Always Good

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An abrupt stop can trigger serious problems.


  • Antidepressants, anti-anxiety, heartburn and sleeping pills - symptoms get worse when you stop