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Medication Use Among Seniors

One in Four Seniors Surveyed Take Between 10 and 19 Pills Daily

According to a new national survey of more than 1,000 people ages 65 and older who use medications, more than half (51 percent) take at least five different prescription drugs regularly and one in four take between 10 and 19 pills each day.

The challenge of managing multiple medications is clear – nearly three in five (57 percent) of those polled admit that they forget to take their medications. Furthermore, the more drugs they use, the more likely they are not to remember to take them. Among those using five or more medications, 63 percent say they forget doses; a higher rate as compared to 51 percent among people who take fewer medicines.

Source: Medco Health Solutions. http://medco.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=417

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January 4, 2010 - Posted by | drugs, healthcare, Medicare | , , ,

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