It’s a common problem for many older adults. You may have more than one doctor and each prescribes a different drug for a different illness. Before you know it, you’re taking multiple medications and start feeling tired, dizzy or nauseous. Your doctor interprets that as a new symptom for a new disease and prescribes yet another drug.
Overmedication is a health hazard for older adults that their doctors can often overlook. “It’s easier for doctors to simply start another medication than it is for them to evaluate each [current] medication,” says Leah Rorvig, a geriatrician and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
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