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Why do older people have to be especially worried about drug interactions?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Americans over age 65 buy 30% of all prescription medications and 40% of over-the-counter drugs in this country, and they're also the most vulnerable to errors. The odds of having a dangerous drug interaction increase exponentially as you increase your number or drugs you take, obviously. And it happens all too often: a large study at Duke University found that more than one in five older patients were given prescriptions for drugs that could cause dangerous side effects in people over 65. A few (1 in 25) were given three or more of these drugs at the same time.
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