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Is Your Older Adult Taking Too Many Medications?

LeslieKernisanMD_MPH_2_CreditLeslieKernisan Why is it especially important for aging adults to limit the number and types of drugs they take whenever it’s possible?

Dr. Kernisan: The main reason is because as people get older, their bodies become more vulnerable to the side effects. For instance, many medications cause drowsiness or poor balance. Even though the drowsiness may actually feel desirable to an older person who may be hoping to get help with sleep problems, nobody takes a drug hoping that their balance will be impaired. 

Read the full interview with Dr. Kernisan on HealthCentral to learn more about the drugs that your older adult could be taking with negative effects:

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