Reducing Senior Medications
Over the past few decades the medical management of our elderly has included prescribing multiple drugs for a host of reasons. This has resulted in frequent adverse drug reactions, some of them life threatening.
A recent pilot study examined the possibility of reducing or eliminating some of the drugs taken by older patients in an effort to provide a better quality of life and reduce the potential for adverse reactions. The study, “participants were aged 80 ± 11 years and were taking 9 ± 2 medications.” Of those, “fifteen participants commenced medication withdrawal and all ceased or reduced the dose of their target medication.”
If you have an elderly loved one who is taking multiple drugs, ask their provider about an effort to reduce/eliminate the amount of drugs they are taking and what else they could be doing to maximize their health.