Polypharmacy means taking many medicines. Older adults or people with long-term (chronic) diseases often need to do this.
People may take many medicines to manage health problems and improve their health. But problems can happen when you take a lot of medicines:
Older adults and people with long-term health problems often take many types of medicines. They also may take natural health products, such as vitamins, minerals, and herbs. The more medicines you take, the more likely problems are.
The bodies of older adults may be more sensitive to medicines. This can also cause problems.
The biggest danger when you take many medicines is an interaction.
Interactions can happen with:
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Current as of: August 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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