Medicine 09


Overmedication: Are people relying too much on medicine?



 I think some people are relying too much on medication and there are the following two major reasons and solutions.
 The first reason is that some people see several doctors. Often elderly people see different doctors and sometimes get same kind of medicine from different doctors and take them without noticing they are same kind and as a result get overmedicated. In these cases, the solution is to tell the each doctor that you see different doctors and what kind of medications they subscribe so that you can avoid getting same kind of medications and getting overmedicated without noticing.
 The second reason is that some patients or doctors have fear of discontinuing medication. However many cases show that when patients gradually reduce medication and at the last time discontinue use of medication, often no adverse outcomes result. Problems are most likely when several medications are discontinued all at once. Therefore in these cases, the solution is to reduce the doses gradually and discontinue use of medication last of all.
 As I mentioned above, there are the aforesaid two reasons and solutions for overmedication.