Too Many Medications
The manner in which medicine is practiced today can result in a patient taking too many medications. This problem is often seen in patients who are sixty years or older, have chronic medical conditions, and have been seen by multiple physicians in the past. Patients often forget or become confused about the various medications that have been discontinued by their previous physician. Sometimes, health insurance changes will cause a change in the medications. Some patients will take five to six medications for various medical problems and many of them are taking supplements, not prescribed, and this information is not shared with their physician.
You should an annual review of all your medications. A review is definitely needed if you have been feeling dizzy, tired and have no energy. This may be related to your medications. Keep a list of your medications in your purse or wallet in case of emergency.
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Thaddeus J. Bell, MD
I am Dr. Thaddeus John Bell, closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and the underserved.
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