I am not a doctor or expert on drugs. I form my opinions based up what I see and what I read.
For years I have seen relatives and friends suffer side effects resulting from prescribed medicine. One friend had a near-death experience because two doctors prescribed medication that when combined slowed down his heartbeat.
When I expressed that doctors are too quick to prescribe medications and cause more health problems with their over prescribing, I was dismissed as not knowing what I was talking about because I was not a doctor. The people who dismissed were suffering from side effects yet still had blind faith in doctors.
A study published in CMAJ OPEN, an open-access journal of the Canadian Medical Association, looked at prescribed drugs for seniors and the harmful effects. Although the study dealt with seniors, they are not the only ones suffering from complications from too many prescriptions. Seniors are more vulnerable because they are usually taking more drugs for various ailments.
Professor Steve Morgan, of the University of British Columbia, estimates the cost across Canada for dealing with hospitalization from side effects as close to 2 billion dollars.
Dr. Keith White, a family doctor in Kelowna, British Columbia, said that seniors sometimes suffer complications from taking too many pills. He said, “You go into the emergency department and you get 10 blood tests and three X-rays, which you don’t need. You’re only there because of the adverse effects of the drugs.”