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Medicationsjoshua-coleman-AVqs0ItdMQM-unsplashBy the time Janet Johnson’s father reached his mid-80s, he was on so many medications their names are now impossible to recall. There were pills for managing his cholesterol, blood pressure, and asthma, says Johnson, an administrative assistant who lives near Minneapolis. Other drugs helped with his sleep problems and treated his type 2 diabetes. There were more, too, but who can remember? One thing was certain though: As the number of prescriptions increased, his health seemed to get worse.

Continue reading on HealthCentral to learn more about how too many medications can cause more harm than good - particularly for older adults:

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