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1 in 5 older Americans take Drugs that compete with one another

1 in 5 older Americans take Drugs that compete with one another | Plant Biotechnology and Pharmacology | Scoop.it
1 in 5 older Americans with multiple chronic medical conditions are on medications that work at odds with each other; meaning the therapy being used for one condition can actually make the other condition worse. Graphic is from http://www.joomag.com/magazine/cardiosource-worldnews-april-2014/0842627001398192120
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Seth Bilazarian, MD's curator insight, May 25, 2014 8:11 PM

One fifth of older Americans receive medications that may adversely affect coexisting conditions. Effects on coexisting conditions should be considered when prescribing medications.  Many of these interactions are known and we discuss these with patients such as the potential interaction of clopidogrel and warfarin in patients who have a coronary stent and atrial fibrillation.  Another example is the use of NSAIDS including COX-2 inhibitors in patients with CHF and hypertension.  The important discussion to asses the benefits of these arthritis and pain medications and engage the patient in shared decision making of the benefit of pain relief vs. the hazard of cardiovascular issues is critical.

Dorothy M Neddermeyer, PhD's curator insight, May 26, 2014 12:15 PM

Drugs are not only fight with each other...they are fighting against your immune system.....pharmaceuticals are foreign to the human body and therefore the body rejects them until the immune system is totally exhausted and the drugs take over.

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Overuse of Herbal and Dietary Supplements

Overuse of Herbal and Dietary Supplements | Plant Biotechnology and Pharmacology | Scoop.it
Herbal and dietary supplement use is prevalent. Medication reconciliation should include a careful review of herbal and dietary supplements, including medical and nonmedical harms and benefits. The use of shared decision-making is recommended to integrate these findings into a patient-centered treatment plan. A case of an 80 year old man taking 50 supplements (over $35,000 annually) is reviewed and a teaching point about herbal and dietary supplements is discussed.
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And I fear it can only get worse with marijuana becoming legal for more people every day...
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