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Archive for the ‘Drug Related Adverse Effects’ Category

Self-Medication: Dangers and Drivers

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Posted on May 1st, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Drug Related Adverse Effects, Patient Tools, Prescription Drugs

"In the United States, around 1 out of every 10 people who are at least 12 years old abused an illicit drug in the month leading up to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health."(NSDUH) And that's not even counting the legal drugs that are... Continue Reading »

Drug Abuse Among the Elderly

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The Opiod Epidemic is bad - and getting worse - but it's not the only drug problem this country has Prescription drug use in America is out of control. That's not to say that I'm anti-medication by any means. Prescription drugs can literally be... Continue Reading »

The Problem of Polypharmacy in Older Adults

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Posted on December 28th, 2015 by Teri Dreher, under Drug Related Adverse Effects, Polypharmacology, Tips & Resources

Among seniors today, 44% of men and 57% of women over 65 take five or more medications every week. 12% of seniors take over 10 medications weekly.    When people take too many medications, often prescribed by different healthcare practitioners... Continue Reading »

Four Common Meds Send Thousands of Seniors to Hospital: CDC

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Posted on March 25th, 2012 by Guest Blogger, under Drug Related Adverse Effects, Polypharmacology

The following article was originally authored by Jenifer Goodwin of the HealthDay Reporter. Blood thinner, aspirin, insulin and oral diabetes drugs account for two-thirds of nearly 100,000 hospitalizations. An estimated 100,000 older Americans... Continue Reading »