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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Americans Overdoing it with Prescription Drugs

More than half of Americans — 55 percent — are taking four different prescription medications on average, more than ever before in U.S. history and, by far, the greatest percentage of any country on Earth.

That’s the key conclusion of a new analysis in Consumer Reports that notes the record rate of prescriptions is in addition to daily vitamins, dietary supplements, and other over-the-counter medications taken by tens of millions of Americans.

So, are Americans relying on too many medications in the quest for good health? The answer may lie not in the number of prescriptions, but in an analysis of complex medical conditions and how they are treated.

Emily P. Peron, assistant professor of pharmacotherapy and a clinical researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, said that the challenge is determining who really needs multiple medications and when such drugs may do more harm than good.

“If you have a heart attack you come out of the hospital with at least seven drugs,” she tells Newsmax Health.

Peron, who works primarily with patients age 65 and up, specializes in managing multiple medications. A common problem she sees is patients who continue to stay on medications — or certain dosages — long after they may have out-lived their usefulness.

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Anonymous said...

Follow the money.

(Hint: Pharmaceutical industry)

This is why health care is so expensive.

Anonymous said...

Obesity is also one of the problems. It causes several conditions that will put you over 5 meds, either by themselves, or with one of the others.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it should read: Doctors Overdoing It With Prescription Drugs.

Anonymous said...

Its those very drugs that are keeping us alive while dealing with diseases inherited from our ancestors, who died at much younger ages from the same diseases, because they didn't have the benefits of the medicines available today. I don't mind taking all the medicines my doctor prescribes to keep me from dying of the things my grandparents died of. Both of my grandfathers died in their early sixties. I am well past their death ages now. I'll keep taking the pills, thank you.

Jim said...

Maybe if they weren't advertising Rx drugs on TV it would be helpful. How many times does a patient go into a Dr's office asking for the drug he saw on TV?

You know that advertising is designed to create demand. That's why they do it.

Anonymous said...

My lady friends want me to take ones.