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More medications also means more risks – but seniors can counter them

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You might take something for your heart, something for your pain, and sleeping pills as well. As we get older, many of us need to take multiple medications daily to keep our health problems under control, which can have undesirable consequences. “About 30 to 60 per cent of people over age 80 have side effects from medications,” says polypharmacy researcher Dr Martin Wehling, director of the Mannheim Medical Faculty’s (UMM) Institute of Clinical Pharmacology, part of the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Common in older adults, polypharmacy is most often defined as the use of five or more me…

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