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How many medicines are you taking (about polypharmacy)

Be careful as you get older, as the number of medicines increases and side effects are more likely to occur.

Final update date February 1, 2021

Why do I have to be careful when the number of medicines is large?

If the number of medicines is large, side effects such as the medicine being too effective or not working are more likely to occur.
This means that when the elderly, the function of the liver and kidneys becomes weaker, and it takes time to break down medicines and discharge them outside the body.
It is the effect of medicine affecting each other.

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How many types of medicine do people over 65 get?
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According to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in FY2018, about 20% of people over the age of 65 have received more than 5 medicines.
This percentage increases as age increases. Some data show that using more than 6 types of medicines increases the number of people who have side effects.

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What is polypharmacy?
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It refers to a condition in which a lot of medicines are taken, causing side effects or making it impossible to take the medicine properly.
If you have any worrisome symptoms, be sure to consult your doctor or pharmacist instead of quitting or reducing your medicine.
In that case, let's use "medicine notebook".

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Do I have to be careful if I am taking medicine and what symptoms come out?
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Sleepiness, feeling, forgetfulness, loss of appetite, lightness / dizziness, difficulty in peeing, constipation
If you have such symptoms, be sure to consult your doctor or pharmacist instead of quitting or reducing your medicine.
Be especially careful after additional or changed medicines.

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