3. When two Aspirin for heart health didn’t cut it

Psychotropic drugs are being prescribed to retirement-age patients at twice the rate they were only a few years ago, in spite of the fact that more than half of these patients haven’t been diagnosed with a mental health issue. Possible over-prescriptions include Ambien, OxyContin, Valium and Prozac, but the real problem isn’t the stand-alone drug. It’s actually an issue of increased polypharmacy—taking 3 or more drugs simultaneously—and the potential interactions that can come from it, which are especially harmful to elderly people. Geography is a big factor in polypharmacy, with the greatest increase in rural areas where other treatment options (talk therapy, stress management) are often limited. Old men everywhere want these drugs off their lawn!

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