Are you taking too many medications?

Medications can improve the lives of people who may suffer from chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, depression, and chronic pain. However, taking too many prescription medications can be risky.

Taking more than five medications is called polypharmacy. The risk of harmful effects, drug interactions, and hospitalizations increase when you take more medications.

This is not to say that you should just stop taking medicines... But what is your plan to decrease or stop your medications? Has your pharmacist or doctor ever even mentioned this possibility?

Our culture needs to change its perceptions about medicines. We need to realize that the bulk of the medicines out there are not curing any disease. When you take your high blood pressure medication it doesn't take away the disease, it merely masks the symptoms. If you stop your antidepressant, will your depression be gone? Of course not! Welcome to the American medical system.

As a pharmacist I have a love of pharmaceuticals and how they affect the body. However, I have seen medications use by patients and relied on for decades when the underlying cause of the disease is simply ignored.

I cannot in good conscious continue to be part of the problem. From here on, I will work to help people take less medicines, less supplements, and live better lives at the same time.