Thursday, February 16, 2017

More Seniors Than Ever Are Combining Brain-Affecting Drugs

The number of Americans over the age of 65 who take at least three prescribed psychotropic drugs ― a category that includes opioids, antidepressants, antipsychotics and tranquilizers ― doubled over a recent nine-year period, according to new research from the University of Michigan. What’s more, the rate tripled among seniors in rural America. “The rise we saw in these data may reflect the increased willingness of seniors to seek help and accept medication for mental health conditions,” Dr. Donovan Maust, the study’s lead author and a geriatric psychiatrist at Michigan Medicine, said in a release. “But it’s also concerning because of the risks of combining these medications.” For people with certain problems, like chronic pain or slee...

from MedWorm: AddictionNews

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