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Dear Carol: My mom lives with emphysema so she's been on oxygen for more than two years. Mom needs several medications to manage this awful disease, which I understand, but some of her other medications concern me. I’ve asked her current doctor to consider lowering doses or taking her off some of them, but he’s made it plain that her life expectancy is quite limited so he doesn’t want to “rock the boat” by making changes. Meanwhile, Mom is becoming foggier in her thinking, and her memory and balance are bad. Maybe this is just age and poor health...

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