The challenge of pill burden

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The article explores how people end up taking ‘handfuls’ of medication – whether through over prescribing or the tendency that once started, medications are rarely stopped – as well as why and how this ‘pill burden’ should be reduced.

Dr Clarkson writes: “Many medications prescribed are preventative, meant to stave off unwanted future risks. Some of these drug classes are blood thinners, cholesterol lowering agents, blood pressure medications, dementia medications, and all vitamins. These agents are meant to prevent things years in the future, so it makes no sense continuing them on hospice when time is limited.”

Read the full article, ‘A handful of medication: the challenge of pill burden‘ on the Pallimed blog.

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