Saturday, April 13, 2024

What are the risks of combining more than one drug at a time?


  • Helen Santoro
  • BBC

Image released, Alami / Paul Slater

Older people take many medications every day, but there is growing evidence that this can sometimes be wrong.

When my grandmother, Carol Mitchell, developed Parkinson’s disease in 2010 at the age of 72, her doctor prescribed a drug called carbidopa / levodopa. She took this small, elliptical-shaped pill four times a day – at seven in the morning, eleven in the morning, three in the evening, and seven in the evening.

In the following years, his doctors prescribed medications for skin problems, depression, motion sickness, anxiety, acid reflux and early breast cancer.

“I went into her bedroom and there were bottles of medicine everywhere,” said Elizabeth Mitchell, Caroline’s mother and daughter. “I googled their name to see what they are for.”

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