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Most Heart Attack Sufferers Won’t Take Their Meds, Even When They’re Free Would you be more likely to take medicine for a chronic health condition if you didn’t have to pay for it? New research from scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has shown that, for many people with heart disease, the…

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Are Doctors Overprescribing Antidepressants? Many people not diagnosed with depression take them More doctors who are not psychiatrists are offering antidepressants to patients, often for vague complaints of fatigue, headaches or gloominess. Indeed, the practice of prescribing these drugs without a diagnosis of depression is escalating and more common in men and women over…

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Too Many Pills for Aging Patients Overmedication of the elderly is an all too common problem, a public health crisis that compromises the well-being of growing numbers of older adults. Many take fistfuls of prescription and over-the-counter medications on a regular basis, risking serious and sometimes fatal side effects and…

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Are Doctors Overprescribing Antidepressants? Many people not diagnosed with depression take them More doctors who are not psychiatrists are offering antidepressants to patients, often for vague complaints of fatigue, headaches or gloominess. Indeed, the practice of prescribing these drugs without a diagnosis of depression is escalating and more common in men and women over…

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9 Types of Medications That Can Lead to Chronic Fatigue Do you feel weak or tired — sometimes to the point of exhaustion — much of the time? If so, you’re not alone. Chronic fatigue accounts for more than 10 million visits to family doctors every year. Chronic fatigue has many causes, including illnesses…

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Medications & Older Adults To help prevent medication side effects and other drug-related problems in older adults, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has updated and expanded their resource guide for potentially dangerous or inappropriate medications for older adults. As you get older, your body changes. These changes can increase the…

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Preventing Medication Errors It is not hard to imagine how medication errors can occur. Bottles can be mislabeled or can be filled with the wrong medication. Patients don’t always read the label for directions and may take the medication incorrectly. Language can also be an issue. Here are some helpful…

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 Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrocketing Among Elderly Population When asked to physically describe the typical drug addict, a person probably would not assign their perpetrator grey hair, wrinkles, and glasses, yet evidence supporting the image of an elderly addict is mounting. Think about this statistic: According to the federal Substance Abuse…

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Drop Off Old Meds: Nationwide Prescription Drug Disposal Day Wondering what to do with all those old prescription medications? This Saturday, April 30, 2011 will mark the second time that the DEA will host the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. On this day, people can drop off their unused and…

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 Perplexing Prescription Labels Confound Caregivers and Doctors Alike In an effort to reduce their liability and cover ALL of the bases, drug companies often list every possible side effect of their medications on the labels and inserts that come with the drug. Proper management of an elder’s prescription medication can…