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More than 15 percent of older Americans took potentially life-threatening combinations of prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements in 2011, the study showed. That was almost a twofold increase from 2005, when 8.4 percent of seniors did so. More than 15 percent of older Americans took potentially life-threatening combinations of prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements in 2011, the study showed. That.

MONDAY, March 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) More seniors than ever are taking supplements alongside their medications, a practice that puts them at risk for dangerous drug interactions, researchers report. More than 15 percent of older Americans took potentially life-threatening combinations of prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements in. More than 15 percent of older Americans took potentially life-threatening combinations of prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements in 2011, the study showed. That. A new study has found that one in six seniors take a dangerous combination of medications and supplements that increases their risk of drug interactions.

In 2011, 15 percent of seniors were taking. Overall, 1 in 6 adults over age 65 are likely to have a harmful reaction to one or more of the meds they’re popping, according to the American Geriatric Society. (And this age group is popping quite a few, it seems. More than 15 percent of older Americans took potentially life-threatening combinations of prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements in 2011, the study showed. That was almost a twofold increase from 2005, when 8.4 percent of seniors. A new study has found that people 55 and older who took strong anticholinergic medications daily for three years or more had a 50% increased risk of dementia.

You need to be wary of over-the-counter or prescription drugs that can interact poorly with supplements, says Robert Glatter, MD, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Northwell Health in New York City. For example, St. John’s wort may cause fever, confusion, and anxiety if it’s taken with other antidepressants.

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A new study from Duke University reveals disturbing evidence that more than 20 percent of all seniors who are prescribed drugs are receiving medications that are known to be harmful to older patients.

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In addition to medications, over 60% of seniors use dietary supplements (e.g., vitamins) [9].

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Therefore, this may be a particularly interesting reanalysis study, which suggests that people at high risk for dementia who were prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin agents were half as likely to go on to develop dementia as those people who did not receive statins.

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Only six of the forty-three studies negatively assessed the safety of these chemicals.

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As demonstrated by a four-week study of older adults who took 75 mg supplements daily, DHEA improves memory and brightens mood.9 It may also guard the brain against Alzheimer’s disease, but that research is so far inconclusive.

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In a study by Kaufman et al.,73 in ambulatory adult women older than 65 years, 12% had taken at least 10 different types of medications during the preceding week (including nonprescription medications or supplements), and 81% had taken at least one prescription medicine during the preceding week.

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However, the combination group had higher risk for hypotension, syncope, renal dysfunction, and hyperkalemia.

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  • Psychiatry today is very impatient. It wants instant results the profession is subject to performance scrutiny so they have to be able to demonstrate effective results through changes in patient behaviour. This has happened as a result of intense pressure from the pharmaceutical lobbies, who take advantage of lay ignorance and lay fear of actual analysis.
    So large numbers of these young people never get better, they just learn to manage their hang-ups better. Over the years they move from drug to drug and unless they are kids of some initiative they never do anything to get to the root cause of why threat are behaving the way they are.
    It’s also important to remember that in many cases there is only the patient’s word that they are experiencing these “psychotic” or schizophrenic events, so what you might actually be needing to treat is something quite different and a lot more serious

  • I have bipolar and I just want to say,you people are incredibly brave.Been hospitalized with you guys,and I seen what you go through.

  • I have been through into some swing moods, kind of depression ( i used to be depressed for ten years or so), an “stuckness” of the mind ( the brain feels like a rock!!!, heavy and unconfortable).
    I though i was going mad. I just feel crazy. Drugs and alcohol was my best friends. They still are. I am afraid of medication. Is it a part of the “mental disease” behave like that?
    I think i fell in love with my “kit of mental states”.
    Love your videos.
    God blessed YOU.

  • Accurate video. One antipsychotic gave me an insatiable hunger that was never sated & contributed to nearly 80 lbs in weight gain in a short span. Almost all antipsychotics I have checked have a low percent of probability of sexual dysfunction, but they most assuredly can happen. The “nothing” feeling & “doom” feeling are common. Agitation, too. Thank you for making these videos. It’s comforting to know others go through schizophrenia too & that there are good-hearted people like yourself destigmatizing it through honest testimonials. Hospitalizations for mental health are nothing to be ashamed of. I have averaged at least one per year for a decade. I hope everyone who needs help finds the courage to seek help & is as lucky as I have been with finding a good mental healthcare team. Not all mental healthcare workers are created equal. I promise, from personal experience, that good mental healthcare workers do exist. Being willing to ask for help when it’s needed is a sign of strength. ����

  • Isn’t that amazing, bad side effects between natural drugs and prescription drugs but no problems when elderly are prescribed 10-12 different drugs. They basically killed my mom with long term proton pump inhibitors/ killed her kidneys. Latest blood thinners changed from old adverse side effects, more bucks for newest prescriptions. The list goes on.

  • Your talks here are an inspiration for me in dealing with a family situation. I can’t thank you enough for offering your very difficult experiences up as a resource. I am headed right now to join your Patreon Team. Bless you.

  • For those tempted to simply stop taking their medication DO NOT DO IT. I was on Effexor (anti depressant) and my dad told me that I seemed better and took me off of it cold turkey…and I was left alone. That singular day was harder than the days that led me time to medication to begin with. I was a complete mess and I dissociated everything but that one day that I was VERY suicidal. So scary.

  • Then don’t take prescription drugs…and get healthy. Prescription drugs ruin your liver. Prescription drugs are like rat food…you are a rat on a wheel.

  • I can’t tell if this channel is real or a Big Pharma plant. If this is real, please stop poisoning yourself! “Antipsychotics” (neuroleptics) cause dementia, diabetes, and early death.

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  • I υtilizεd this itεm αnd discοvεrεd rεwαrding finαl rεsults. Thε trεαtmεnt plαn “Sοyutο Weebly” (Gοοɢιε it) thαt I fοllοwεd hαs gοt my blοοd prεssurε lεvεl tο 152/92 dυring my mεdicαl εxαm αt α hεαlthcαrε clinic. αs sοοn αs I mαnαgεd tο gεt α frεsh sουrcε αnd bεgαn using it αgαin I discοvεrεd my hypεrtεnsiοn gο bαck tο nοrmαl. I usε this tο tαkε cαrε οf my hypοtεnsiοn. It wοrks εxcεptiοnαl!

  • Dude i have been watching ur stuff sparingly, but the last couple days before my test i decided to watch only ur stuff, and i dont regret it. Thanks for all you do.
    It will be cool if u make videos which will help us be better new nurses to. Don’t know if u already have that.
    God bless you and what you do sir.

  • So my mother had paranoia schizophrenia and she hated how her meds made her feel. I didn’t understand that or ever see her having issues except the last time I was living with her. She had a bad night that night…I really didn’t help as a child with communication disorder.

    So thank you for your point of view

  • You need to watch out heart issues, long term use atypical meds can cause problems, have regular ecg’s and discuss with consultants when anything usual shows up

  • Many don’t know that supplementation can replace medication. Consult a Functional Medicine doctors also to know more about your choices

  • chemical staitjacket.IF YOU TRY STAYING AWAKE ON SEROQUEL YOU WILL HALLUCINATE…..you cant get off it, and you will NEVER be ABLE TO SLEEP AGAIN without it, you will get massively fat. your psychiatrist will ask you if you would like to try this or that medcation, you become a zombie,

  • They tried three or four different meds but ended up on thorazine about four years ago after 3rd hospitalization, and it’s been awesome for me, have not and will not miss a dose. No one med works for all so as hard as it is you have to keep trying until you find something that helps.

  • I just found out I passed my nclex wensday. My friend purchased simple nursing for me to study and my test shut off at 60 questions �� Thank you I love your videos the most!

  • Just get on ssdi so u can get the insurance. Medicare and Medicaid. Then look for a easy part time job. tell your boss u have your own medical insurance so he will not have to provide you with his.

  • My experience on one antipsychotic med was that it completely took away my periods. It was concerning, but the med really helped stabilize me. I decided finally to get off of it, hoping that my periods would come back. Thankfully, after 3 months, they came back and I’ve been having my period monthly ever since then!

  • I am experiencing mania,physchosis, and in and out of DID,I don’t want to live. I am alone,no family,friends, single no desire to be around the world. I also have agoraphobia. I have been burning and cutting. I wish someone would reach out. I don’t want to be here anymore…[email protected] gmail.com. please ��

  • God bless you Lauren. I too have similar mental illness,I have an injection for it and it works quite well. I sleep a lot unfortunately bad habit. Eating healthy helps a lot gives a bit more energy. I think ur wonderful for talking to the public on schizophrenia. People have judged me for being fairly open about mental illness but I don’t care as I know I am a decent person. The worst thing about me is that I can yell when standing up for myself don’t misunderstand me I usually control myself. My mind is very quiet which is lovely, lm learning more and studying nutrition. I’ve been ill 23yrs and have had 2 hospitalizations.