7 Signs That You Are Being Overmedicated And What You Can Do About It
Did you know that 70% of Americans take at least one prescribed medicine and around 50% of them take two medicines based on research from the Mayo Clinic?
By looking at these statistics in conjunction with others, there is no doubt that overmedication is a huge problem in America and throughout the world. The reality is that it is much more lucrative for big drug companies to treat illnesses rather than cure them. In fact, the prescription pill industry splits a whopping $85 billion dollars among the top 11 pharmaceutical companies.
The older population along as well as children are the two groups that are overmedicated most often. The elderly frequently take several medicines due to various illnesses and medical conditions. In fact, statistics say that one out of every three Americans over 65 years of age take five or more prescriptions; and the average person who is 75 years old takes more than ten medicines. In addition, based on a New England Journal of Medicine article, overmedication resulted in 99,628 emergency hospitalizations yearly in those that were 65 years or older during the years of 2007-2009.
In addition to overmedication of seniors, it seems that children are often prescribed excessive medicines due to being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other types of conditions. In fact, according to the Centers For Disease Control, approximately 11% of kids are prescribed medicine for ADHD each year. For a growing child, this can actually manipulate the chemistry of the brain over an extended period of time so that the mind will become addicted to drugs that may not have been needed in the first place.
It turns out that the most frequently prescribed pills in the world are opioid painkillers, anti-depressants, and antibiotics. And the bad news is that this problem will not stop unless a patient or his or her family becomes proactive in taking control of the medical treatment.
The following article lists seven signs that you should be on the lookout for if you suspect that you or a family member is being overmedicated:
7 Signs That You Are Overmedicated:
Are you frequently tired and have low energy even when you have hardly done anything at all? Do you find that you are out of breath at the drop of a hat?
2. Recurring falls, injuries, or accidents
Are you falling more often than before and/or are you becoming more accident- prone?
3. Unexplained weight loss or gain
Are you suddenly gaining or losing weight and have no idea why?
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