Study: One in Six Seniors Takes Dangerous Combination of Medications, Supplements

More than 15% of older Americans took potentially life-threatening combinations of prescription medications, over- the-counter drugs and dietary supplements in 2011, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The 2011 numbers represented a twofold increase from 2005, when 8.4% of seniors did so. Patients should always tell their doctor and pharmacist about all of the drugs and supplements they are taking, or plan to take, including over-the-counter medications, said lead researcher Dr. Dima Qato. See Related article: Polypharmacy: Time to Get Beyond Numbers. See Related Report:Accelerating Progress in Prescription Medicine Adherence: The NCPIE Adherence Action Agenda