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The alarming risks of mixing common drugs

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Post by Plan B Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:42 am

-2021September17-[Future%7c+Button]]Older adults often take several medications each day. But there's growing evidence that this could sometimes be a mistake.
A growing problem

Polypharmacy, often defined as the regular use of five or more drugs by one patient, is on the rise and is expected to grow as life expectancy increases and the global population ages. Elderly people not only take more drugs, but also face a greater risk of severe side effects because their livers tend to be less efficient at metabolising and clearing medications from the bloodstream.
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Post by ferret Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:05 am

Very true! It is a good idea to check for interactions with all your meds and especially before adding a new one. Doctors aren't perfect.
I use https://www.drugs.com/ and click on the INTERACTIONS CHECKER where you list all your meds including vitamins or other things you're taking to check for those interactions which come in three warning systems... Mild, Moderate, Severe.
It's not perfect because the names of meds in Mexico are different. Eg. Micardis Plus doesn't register but Telmisarten/Hydrochlorothiazide (the active ingredients) is.
I prevented a lot of severe reactions with all the drugs my hubby was taking. There are usually alternatives available and you should check with your Doctor as to what those alternatives are. Always check for interactions BEFORE filling a prescription so you are not out of pocket.
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Post by ComputerGuy Fri Sep 17, 2021 11:05 am

In the British medical system, doctors won't even tell you your temperature. They act like gods. Discussing your meds is verboten with almost all of them.
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Post by Jreboll Sun Sep 19, 2021 11:15 am

I started to discuss this on TOB but it was taken over quickly by SNORK.

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