Too Many Medications?

The need for more medications increases with age as our bodies become less efficient, healthy, and/or capable.  You might have multiple doctors who might not be in sync with your various prescriptions.  Here’s the problem with that:  1-as we age, we can be more sensitive to side effects and the more medications you’re on, the more chances of increased side effects, 2-it is easier for a doctor to prescribe something new than to take all of your meds into account, and 3-the expense of all those prescriptions can take a chunk out of your monthly budget.  Have you considered asking about cutting back on them?  Ask your clinician to deprescribe to possibly reduce a dose or eliminate medications that are not needed.  It is good to have your healthcare provider take a good look at everything you are taking to make sure they are: 1-helpful, 2-still necessary at the current dosage, and 3-not combining to cause side effects that affect your daily living.  Paragon Orthopedic Center encourages you to be an active participant in your health; be educated about what you are taking and why.  One more thought is to consider non-drug therapies.  Instead of taking something to help you sleep, cut back on caffeine.  Instead of taking pain medications, try acupuncture or neurofeedback.  Before making any changes, always discuss your medications and desires with your healthcare professional.  National Public Radio has an article that goes into this subject in more depth:
Too Many Medications? It Might Be Time To Ask Your Doctor About Deprescribing : Shots – Health News : NPR