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 drugs.
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.
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.
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.
Common prescription medications plus over-the-counter meds and dietary supplements don't always mix well.
An abrupt stop can trigger serious problems.