“One common example is the use of anti-Parkinson therapy for symptoms caused by antipsychotic drugs, with the anti-Parkinson drugs in turn causing new symptoms like a precipitous drop in blood pressure or delirium that result in yet another prescription.”

That’s a lot of medications, especially when you consider that a survey released by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)2 not quite four years ago, in 2016, indicated that 75% of the respondents — all over age 50 — said they take at least one prescription medication on a regular basis.



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