Posted on 27th July 2022 at 07:32
Earlier this month we looked at how taking prescription medication seems to have become the norm for all too many people – and not just those of more mature years (!). Sadly, this can become a rather slippery slope, with one medication all too quickly becoming two, three or many more. You can find the post here.
The prescription of multiple medications is known as “Polypharmacy” with “poly” meaning many and “pharmacy” meaning drugs. While the dangers of overprescribing medications are well known, there is no single definition of how many drugs is too many. Definitions range from two or more to eleven or more being taken each day, with five or more seeming to be the general rule of thumb.