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Blame it on the Medication

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According to this article, adults aged 65 or older take five or more medications daily and are the largest consumers of prescription medications. However, overprescribing to elderly patients is actually producing more harm that good. Since the elderly take so many medications and oftentimes have more than one doctor, most of the times drugs are mixed that are not supposed to be mixed and stronger drugs are taken. Because of the increase of fatal side effects and serious risks of overprescribing medication to the elderly, an updated research-based guideline has been created by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and outlines three major categories. These three major categories include: drugs to avoid in elderly citizens with certain diseases, drugs to use with caution in elderly patients, and drugs to avoid in general with elderly patients. The research team based these three categories on fifty-three drugs, such as Ativan, and supplied examples of supplemental drugs that could help reduce the patient’s symptoms without risk. These guidelines created by the American Geriatrics Society should be strongly followed but physicians and doctors can deviate from the guidelines if they believe another course of action has a higher chance for survival.

            This article ultimately chronicles the life of a ninty-three year old woman and here struggles with dementia, fainting spells, dizziness, and loss of memory due to an abundance of prescription medications. Instead of prescribing elderly patients with the strongest medication available, alternatives approaches should be considered, and a reduction on the amount of medications and the combinations of medications being taken are being enforced. People need to realize that medications are oftentimes the causes of their issues, not the solutions to their problems. What do you think? Do you think the elderly are prescribed to many meds? Do you think Doctors and patients are too lenient with the amount of meds they prescribe and are prescribed? Would you take that many medications and do you believe you will ultimately take that many medications when you reach the age of sixty-five or older?

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http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/16/too-many-pills-for-aging-patients/

 

 

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  1. April 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    First of all I sincerely hope that when I am sixty-five I won’t have to take prescription medications to manage my daily life. I hope that when the day comes that taking prescriptions becomes a part of my life that I’ll be in my 80’s or 90’s. Call it idealistic, but that’s what I’m aiming for!

    I think that doctors and patients need to look at what exactly what is being currently prescribed to the patient, as even a prescription for one condition may also help alleviate the symptoms of another. I think it’s important for people to be open and communicate to their doctors, as well as have the doctors communicate to each other about what meds a person is taking, especially in the elderly.

    I really like the Journal of American Geriatric’s Society guidelines because I think it will help different doctors prescribe the right prescriptions to their patients that won’t interfere drastically with their life or worsen any symptoms they already have.

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