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Pay Attention to Your Pills

Pay Attention to Your Pills

When the Visagoths pillaged Rome in 410 AD, they ravaged the once mighty Empire and caused alarm all around the Mediterranean. Today’s pill-aging (too many pills!) is shocking doctors and patients as they discover the harmful affects that can come from being overmedicated.

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A study from Thomas Jefferson University shows one kind of trouble modern pill-aging can cause: The scientists found that 43% of the study’s participants (all 65 or older and currently receiving cancer treatments) took more than 10 different medications and around 120 of the participants took ones that might conflict with their chemo regimens. For example blood thinners such as warfarin may increase bleeding risks associated with some cancer treatments and ibuprofen may also trigger problems.

Since 60% of cancers occur in patients 65 and older (and the numbers of seniors is booming!)  pill-aging is an accident waiting to happen. But whatever your age, it is important to pay attention to the potential interaction that your meds can have with each other or with any kind of medical treatment you receive. Always tell every doctor about all prescription and over-the-counter meds, vitamins, supplements and herbal preparations that you take. Is that too hard to remember?

Try downloading a free app like Rxmind Me Prescription or MediSafe Meds & Pill Reminder. Not only will you have help remembering to take your meds, but you’ll have an easy-to-read list to show your doc. And don’t forget to put OTC meds and supplements in there too.

Medically reviewed in January 2020.

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