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One of the potential signs that someone may be taking too many medications is the onset of new symptoms they may not have experienced in the past, says Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe, MD, attending physician, Internal Medicine at. Many of us are taking too many prescription drugs. You need to understand how that impairs your health and how you can avoid falling into the trap. Dr. Mary James explains.

In the U.S., the proportion of patients taking five or more medications shot up from 6 to 15 percent between 1995 and 2005. Drug interactions and side effects can trigger weakness, fatigue, falls, constipation, diarrhea, sleeplessness, disorientation, heart arrhythmias, and many other symptoms. They can even cause death. Medications can improve the lives of people who suffer from chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, mental illness and chronic pain.

However, taking too many prescription medications can be risky. Taking more than five medications is called polypharmacy. The risk of harmful effects, drug interactions and hospitalizations.

If you do receive too much medication in your prescription any time after leaving your chosen pharmacy provider, be sure to alert them and return any extra medication. If you’re unable to afford medication, or if you need help accessing your medications for an affordable price, get in touch with us anytime, we are always happy to help. Taking too many medications at once can be counterproductive (and even dangerous) Vital Record.

Many older adults take multiple medications to manage their various conditions—polypharmacy is a concern for the aging population. Health Talk. Point of. Experiencing side effects from high blood pressure medication usually is no reason to quit taking the pills, though.

The potential complications of uncontrolled hypertension include stroke and heart attack, so you should keep taking the meds until your doctor says otherwise. Stay alert for these potential side effects of high blood pressure. If too much of this medication is taken it can result in renal problems and severely low blood pressure. The signs of an overdose can include dizziness, change in consciousness, inability to urinate or a general bad feeling.

If you suspect someone has taken too much of an ACE inhibitor you should immediately seek medical assistance. No medication is completely safe, and that’s certainly true of NSAIDs. At the top of the list are digestive problems including stomach upset, heartburn, and ulcers.

Kidney injury, easy bruising or bleeding, and mild allergic reactions (such as rash) are common as well. Certain people are more likely to have problems from taking multiple medicines: People who are prescribed 5 or more medicines. The more medicines you take, the higher the chance of interactions or side effects.

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My prescription has a limit of three refills.

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The doctors now have me on a scary combination of six different prescription medications, and this doesn’t count the three over-the-counter medications they’ve recommended.

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Not only is it difficult to maintain a strict schedule of numerous prescriptions (e.g., one is 4 times per day, one is every 4–6 hours, one is only after eating, one is only as needed), improper medication use is highly prevalent in persons with poor health literacy.

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I take only two medications now, instead of five, and I am off the betablockers.

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I only take a few medications, but the supplements I consume increase the number of pills I take to, well, excess.

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I usually prescribe three at a time.

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It is understandable that older patients who may be taking five or six medications several times a day at different times can become confused or forget to take their medication, although these occurrences are by no means unique to the geriatric population.

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I want my prescription filled right now, or I’m taking it to another pharmacy where people know what they are doing!”

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We are well over the safe limit of the number of prescriptions we should be filling per hour.

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I am off all my prescription medications and daily supplements.

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  • This is great information, thank you Dr. Childs. It’s so refreshing to see a doctor speaking online about a common health problem and giving concrete specifics to improve quality of life.:-)

  • Now fast-forward to 2020 and they’re still killing patients by poly-drugging them to death. I was almost of them too. And who cares? No one, as long as pharmaceutical companies can continue drugging & killing patients to make a profit.

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  • ADHD?….really. Can y’all make a video one schizophrenia? I have that and this video is so over dramatic my dad has ADHD. They act like they have what I have or Cancer or something @[email protected]

  • It depends.. If you can function without it but are unhappy maybe you can find a routine or hobby that will make you enjoy those few hours. Otherwise what’s the alternative? Be depressed and miserable.. Take the meds or self medicate with cannibis. Avoid depressants like alcohol and avoid the Xanax and? BEnzo’s…

  • “Experts say too many pills can be a prescription for disaster” ya think?..just ask Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole, or Michael Jackson….