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Seniors That Take Multiple Meds Have Higher Car Crash Risk

While it’s no surprise that many older adults take a lot of different medications, many of those drugs can potentially increase their risk of getting into an automobile accident. A new reportfrom the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that nearly 50% of active senior drivers used seven or more…

Quick Hits: Antibiotics Prescribed Too Long, Risky Drugs Prescribed to Seniors & More

Most antibiotics for sinus infections are prescribed for too long, according to a new study. Researchers collected data from the 2016 National Disease and Therapeutic Index and identified 3.7 million patient visits where doctors prescribed medication for sinus infections. After examining the data, researchers discovered that about 70% of medication…

One in 7 Older Adults Experience Harmful Drug Side Effects

By Diane Archer JustCareUSA.org Older adults are taking an increasing number of drugs, some of which they may not need. Kaiser Health News reports that more than 1 in 7 older adults experience harmful drug side effects. Talk to your doctor about the drugs you are taking, why you need…

Many Patients Prescribed Drugs of Little Benefit Months Before Death

During their waning months of life, many elderly patients are often given many medications that may serve little or no benefit to them, yet carry the potential for serious adverse events and drug-drug interactions. Researchers in Sweden examined the prescription drug history of nearly 500,000 elderly people in the 12…

Minimizing Side Effects That Send Seniors to the ER

This is part 2 of a 2-part series on drugs whose side effects send seniors to the emergency room. Part 1 can be found here The 3 classes of drugs implicated in seniors’ ER visits are found scattered on the BEERS list, but there are many drugs within these classes…

3 Drug Classes That Send More Seniors to the ER

Side effects of drugs, many of them part of a daily regimen for older adults, are landing more seniors in the ER today compared to before. This is part 1 of a 2-part series on drugs whose side effects send seniors to the emergency room. Part 2 is available here….

Best Case, Worst Case: Shared Decision-Making in Health Decisions

When deciding whether or not to have surgery, a patient’s preference should become part of the decision. Surgeons should be trained how to present options. To cut or not to cut? When a doctor recommends surgery, the usual answer by the patient is, when? But is that the best answer…

5 Common Drug Classes for Seniors to Avoid

More than 30 medications and drugs classes are potentially inappropriate for seniors given that their risks outweigh their benefits. A few years ago, I wrote about my friend’s mother, an energetic 90-year-old who had suddenly started falling and was speaking of being done with life. The mother had started on…

Side Effects of 5 Drugs Seniors Commonly Take

When Beverly Wilkerson, 58, Sherman Oaks, CA, woke up with a pounding headache and jaw pain last summer, she popped two Aleve. (The recommended dosage is one at a time.) She forgot to take water and food with the pills. Later on, she took two more, again forgetting the water…