Wednesday, November 29, 2017 09:15 AM

WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT DRUG INTERACTIONS COULD HURT YOU

By Robert Preidt

HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many older Americans take multiple medications[1] -- but only about one-third ever discuss possible interactions between drugs, a new poll finds.

This could endanger their health, researchers said.

"Interactions between drugs, and other substances, can put older people at a real risk of everything from low blood sugar[2] to kidney[3] damage and accidents caused by sleepiness," said Dr. Preeti Malani, who directed the nationwide poll.

"At the very least, a drug interaction[4] could keep their medicine from absorbing properly," said Malani, a professor at the University of Michigan Medical School.

The poll was conducted by the university's Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. It was sponsored by AARP and Michigan Medicine, the university's academic medical center.

Malani's team questioned nearly 1,700 adults ages 50 to 80. About 1 in 3 who take at least one prescription drug had ...

News source: WebMD

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