A combined study by the Yale School of Medicine and Oregon State University looked at Medicare patients with multiple chronic conditions and the medications they were taking. They found more than 22% of these patients were taking at least one prescription medication that could adversely affect a coexisting condition. Since more than 70% of older Americans have two or more chronic health conditions (like diabetes, high blood pressure, COPD), which are often diagnosed and treated by different physicians, there is the danger of conflict of these multiple medications.
Your pharmacist is an excellent source of information regarding the compatibility of multiple medications. And, as always, ask your doctor when given a prescription, if it will have any adverse effect on anything else you are taking or other health issues you may have.
Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309