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Common Medicines for Elderly Linked to Death


Health & Wellness  (tags: Common medicines, death, risk, heart disease, elderly depression, brain function )

Nancy
- 2949 days ago - bbc.co.uk
Commonly used drugs - for conditions such as heart disease, depression and allergies - have been linked to a greater risk of death and declining brain function by UK researchers.



   

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Tony Isaacs (40)
Friday June 24, 2011, 12:54 am
By the time an average male reaches sixty-five years of age in the US, he takes a total of 15 prescribed and over the counter drugs every day. And to think that in most instances his problems all began with one or two conditions which could have been addressed naturally and safely.

Over 95% of all prescribed and over the counter medications have side effects - and once you combine two or more of them you essentially become a living (or dying) experiment, since virtually no studies exist for the safety of multiple drug combinations. The more drugs you take, the more the side effects are likely to lead to other conditions requiring still more drugs in a never ending cycle. it is a great model for profits for the pharmaceutical industry, but a horrible one for healing and humanity.
 

Joan for Peace (413)
Friday June 24, 2011, 1:10 am
yea i have almost a dozen pills i have to take a day
 

H Nick H (1826)
Friday June 24, 2011, 1:28 am
I have to take about 18 prescriptions a day, and I know that some of them cause problems for others. It's a mixed bag and no solution. I have congestive heart failure, diabetes, severe pain, depression, HB pressure, among other things. And drugs for one, cause problems with another area of my body. There are many days I just feel like giving it all up. But, still I plug on, living day by day.
 

Tony Isaacs (40)
Friday June 24, 2011, 5:12 am
Though no one should try to go cold turkey on most medications, It is possible to slowly wean one's self from unnatural prescription medications - preferably under the guidance of a qualified naturopathic professional or integrative doctor.

I am a natural health author and advocate and have written several articles which may prove beneficial. See:

http://www.tbyil.com/articles.htm

The theme of our site, The Best Years in Life, is that it is never too late (or too early for that matter) to begin living longer, healthier and happier without mainstream medications.
 

Shirley S (187)
Friday June 24, 2011, 8:14 pm
I have been reading awful facts on the subject of CHOLESTEROL lowering DRUGS. Looks like they cause more problems that can be life threatening in the long run.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday June 24, 2011, 9:13 pm
Thanks for postng Nancy. Fascinating comments, I turned 65 on the 22 June and take no prescribed or unprescribed drugs at all. Good luck to those that do.
 

Ruth R (246)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 12:47 am
HERE ARE THE DRUGS ON THE LIST FROM THE LINK IN THE ARTICLE.
Drugs on the Anticholinergic Burden (ACB) scale
(A total ACB scale score of three or more is considered clinically relevant)
ACB Score 1 (mild)
Alimemazine
Alprazolam
Alverine
Atenolol
Beclometasone dipropionate
Bupropion hydrochloride
Captopril
Chlorthalidone
Cimetidine hydrochloride
Clorazepate
Codeine
Colchicine
Dextropropoxyphene
Diazepam
Digoxin
Dipyridamole
Disopyramide phosphate
Fentanyl
Fluvoxamine
Furosemide
Haloperidol
Hydralazine
Hydrocortisone
Isosorbide preparations
Loperamide
Metoprolol
Morphine
Nifedipine
Prednisone/Prednisolone
Quinidine
Ranitidine
Theophylline
Timolol maleate
Trazodone
Triamterene
Warfarin
ACB Score 2 (moderate)
Amantadine
Belladonna alkaloids
Carbamazepine
Cyclobenzaprine
Cyproheptadine
Loxapine
Meperidine
Methotrimeprazine
Molindone
Oxcarbazepine
Pethidine hydrochloride
Pimozide
ACB Score 3 (severe)
Amitriptyline
Amoxapine
Atropine
Benztropine
Chlorpheniramine
Chlorpromazine
Clemastine
Clomipramine
Clozapine
Darifenacin
Desipramine
Dicyclomine
Diphenhydramine
Doxepin
Flavoxate
Hydroxyzine
Hyoscyamine
Imipramine
Meclizine
Nortriptyline
Orphenadrine
Oxybutynin
Paroxetine
Perphenazine
Procyclidine
Promazine
Promethazine
Propentheline
Pyrilamine
Scopolamine
Thioridazine (withdrawn)
Tolterodine
Trifluoperazine
Trihexyphenidyl
Trimipramine
Notes:
1. Certain medicines eg Risperidone (mild ACB), Quetiapine (severe ACB) and Olanzapine (severe ACB) were licensed
after 1990 and therefore not prescribed to the original CFAS cohort.
2. Brand names may conceal generic drug names.
3. Some combination medicines contain anticholinergic drugs.
4. This list is indicative and some related medicines were taken by patients in the CFAS study; if appropriate these
related medicines were given an ACB score based on the ACB of the related medicine in the Aging Health publication
(see below).
References:
1. Boustani MA, Campbell NL, Munger S, Maidment I, Fox GC. Impact of anticholinergics on the aging brain: a review and
practical application. Aging Health. 2008;4(3):311-20.
2. Campbell N, Boustani M, Limbil T, Ott C, et al. The cognitive impact of anticholinergics: a clinical review. Clinical
Interventions in Aging. 2009;4(1):225-33
 

greenplanet e (155)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 12:53 am
Spooky.
 

KS Goh (0)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 5:13 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Lindsay K (6)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 8:30 am
Interesting - thanks for positing. We should also watch out for herbal remedies too - they can react with each other and with other medication!
 

Brenda Towers (0)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 8:31 am
It seems like a no win situation.
 

Carole K (195)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 10:05 am
Big Pharma wants first an arm & a leg, ALL your money & then ultimately your life. The process fills the corporate coffers; there is no real regard to quantity/ quality of human life. Your health care professionals are in the corporate back pocket. Don't trust them with your life; they just might (ex)spend it! Question profusely each drug that you swallow before you take it. You don't HAVE to take anything!!! Your choice and your life is at stake each & every time. TY, Nancy for excellent post & Ruth for the FWD.
 

Robert O (12)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 11:40 am
Scary.
 

Bistra Staykova (4)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 12:43 pm
Scary.
 

Charles Thomas (1)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 12:56 pm
Under the tender care of my mother's doctors they fried her brain with over eleven medications at one time. Naturally my folks thought doctors were Gods. She died when her immune system totally shut down.
 

Dotti L (85)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 1:34 pm
Thanks for the list, Ruth. So important for the patient and their families to know about these drugs. And to know both generic and Brand names.
 

Roseann d (178)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 1:38 pm
Why am I not surprised? Glad I don't take anything, not even aspirin, but if I did need something, I'd go the holistic, naturopathic, homeopathic route.
 

Shirley H (49)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 2:15 pm
I take one on the list - for depression. Am not going to stop taking it. I don't want to ever go to that dark place again.
Shirley H.
 

Nikki B. (0)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 2:58 pm
i take one on the list !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Janyce S (12)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 4:28 pm
very scary
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 4:52 pm
I believe the FDA would approve anything big pharma wants, I don't trust either one and I don't trust prescription drugs. I take none. I take vitamins and supplements.
 

. (0)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 4:53 pm
We look to drugs for everything when it would be better if we changed our habits, ate better and exercised.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 4:57 pm
The drugs are available but you don't have to take them. Simple?
 

Lisa H (180)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 7:06 pm
Yes, the FDA is well known to be a patsy for Big Pharma. But the biggest problem, IMO is that drug and medical device safety tests are left up to whatever Big Pharm company makes the stuff, and it's their employees that collect and compile the data. If you made a huge salary working for them, would you kill the drugs they are counting on for their profits? Not likely. Coincidentally, the same applies to Big Ag, who are in charge of "safety testing" for new chemicals. They are also now, thanks to our current Congress, responsible for safety testing on their own GMO's, products they expect to earn Billions on for many years to come!! Now, who wants a nice cancer causing soy shake?
 

Lisa H (180)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 7:09 pm
BTW, I've been an RN in the hospital for 20 years, and have seen just how many people are killed by dangerous medications. I've also got a handful of chronic illnesses, for which I take an assortment of dangerous drugs. A few of them are almost guaranteed to cause problems eventually. The difference is that I feel I am making an EDUCATED choice about my healthcare, where the average american has NO IDEA how dangerous these drugs are.
 

Bonnie B (103)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 7:20 pm
Thanks for the post, Nancy. One of advantages of not having health insurance is not having a doctor push hundreds of medications, with side-effects worse than the disease, on you! We really are just guinea pigs and cash cows for big pharma. And before somebody starts yelling at me, I know some drugs and many doctors really help people. I feel extremely lucky that I somehow am pretty healthy.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 8:33 pm
Thank you.
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 11:16 pm
FORTUNATELY I DON'T HAVE TO TAKE ANYTHING IN THE WAY OF MEDICATION BUT ED HAS A MORPHINE PUMP AND TAKES DIAZEPAM AND AMYLTRIPTILINE NIGHTLY. HOWEVER WE TAKE A HEAP OF VARIOUS VITAMINS AND HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH GOOD HEALTH.....INCLUDING A HEALTHY DIET.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 2:55 am
Why do you allways 'shout' at us with caps lock on Patricia and Edward?
 

Danielle K (3)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 5:47 am
Thanks for listing the drugs that are mentioned. Some of us aren't even 45 and are taking some of these! Prescribing medicines needs to be checked much more thoroughly - some doctors are only too eager to give you a pill to 'pop' so that you won't return to the surgery again.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 5:51 am
Diazepam is very addictive. Be careful if taking this drug.
 

Nance N (0)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 12:32 pm
All drugs have side effects it seems so talk to your pharmacist regarding them and make your choice whether it is worth taking the risk or not. .
 

Robert B (55)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 1:41 pm
I'm so glad I'm a vegetarian. I don't have to take any medications. I know many people HAVE to take some meds. for certain conditions. Sometimes it can't be helped. But if a doctor ever recommends a drug to me I will research it and get other opinions. QUESTION everything!
 

Marilyn M (145)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 3:02 pm
Noted. Thank you for posting, Nancy.
 

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 4:04 pm
Great article. Sometimes I feel like a lab experimental mouse or a walking medicine cabinet. Just the governments ways to kill us before our time thinning out population growth.
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 4:16 pm
DAVID I LIKE CAPS - I CAN READ THEM BETTER - AND YOU SHOULD NOT BE SO SENSITIVE ABOUT THE 'SHOUTING' ISSUE. PATHETIC. EDWARD HAS TAKEN DIAZEPAM FOR YEARS - 2 PER NIGHT. HE HAS LEFT THEM OFF OCCASIONALLY, BUT THEY JUST HELP TO RELAX THE MUSCLES. CAN'T SEE WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN ADDICTIVE IN HIS CASE - ADDICTION WOULD MEAN HAVING TO INCREASE THE DOSAGE BUT AFTER 40 YEARS THIS HAS NOT HAPPENED.
 

Edward Catterton (14)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 4:57 pm
Thank you very much for this Nancy, aho.
 

. (0)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 5:15 pm
noted with thanks for the posting and listing the medications
 

Deborah C (18)
Monday June 27, 2011, 6:04 am
Thanks for article.
 

. (0)
Monday June 27, 2011, 8:53 am
Too many of us are living for too long.
This was not in the plan.
The Powers that Be
are doing something about it.
 

Sharon F (0)
Monday June 27, 2011, 1:00 pm
Focus on wellness; exercise outdoors, eating healthy food.

KISS - Keep it simple, silly.

We are a nation of sick people; let's all work to correct that.
 

Eternal G (734)
Monday June 27, 2011, 5:36 pm
Beware of lethal allopathic cocktails... be safe, go natural!
 

Jae A (316)
Monday June 27, 2011, 6:30 pm
Nature made the best of medicines...Humans came up with the most harmful. I'll stick to herbs/vitiman supliments. At 68,and not a vegetarian much less a vegan, this seems to be working out ok so far...I have perfect blood pressure and haven't been to a doctor in over 25 years. Not to say it couldn't happen at any time but for at least all these years I have been able to avoid the pharmameds and their legal pushers of the pills..and all the ills that come with them. Watch the portions of what I eat and take moderation serious as to snacks and junk food..milk and a few other things . I have maybe two 'cocktails ' a year but I was a heavy drinker..lots of hangovers, for most of my twenties. It was not long after that I began to research alternative medicines and found that vitamins are not enough...herbs help to stimulate the natural antibodies and electrical currents of organs etc. to be help them ...do their thing , so ta say.

Cannabis good...pills bad ! Other Herbs and vitamin supliments good..and pills still bad!
Pharmamed Corporations screwing over natures offerings by adding chemicals to them... to make their pills of ills...They have to add their chemicals or they can not get patents for their pills. So why not just skip the middle Corporate processing altogether and go with natures cures while they are still available. Pharmamed Co's are working hard to stop their availabilty...no surprises there huh..

Their meds seldom, if ever, produce a cure....while nature offers many.
 

Lika P (130)
Friday July 8, 2011, 2:10 am
As a home care aid, working for the elderly, this is especially useful. Thanks.
 

jane richmond (10)
Friday September 2, 2011, 7:48 am
Avoid med whenever possible.
 
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