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Elders Are Using More Prescription Meds and Supplements

Fifteen percent of older U.S. adults at risk for major drug-drug interactions.

The practice of polypharmacy among older U.S. adults is rising significantly. The concurrent use of 5 or more prescription medications rose by 5% between 1999 and 2012. During this same period, the use of dietary supplements increased from 52% to 64%. Using standardized criteria, the risk for major drug-drug interactions has nearly doubled in this age group today.

PositiveTip: For your safety, always communicate to your physician ALL medications you are taking--including dietary supplements.