Polypharmacy an increasing danger for seniors

The average senior takes more medications than ever before, according to a report in The New York Times. Polypharmacy, usually defined as a patient taking five or more drugs concurrently, is an increasing worry in seniors who often take over-the-counter medications and supplements, and also see several specialists who write or renew prescriptions. While geriatricians and researchers have warned about the potential hazards, polypharmacy continues to increase in all age groups, but is reaching disturbingly high levels among older adults. Article



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