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Many Seniors With Heart Failure Take 10-plus Meds – WebMD

When admitted, 84% of the patients were taking five or more medications and 42%  were taking 10 or more.

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The findings were published online Oct. 13 in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure.
The researchers concluded that there is a need to develop strategies that can alleviate the negative effects of polypharmacy. Among the drugs that may be overused are proton-pump inhibitors, which reduce stomach acid. There are a host of medications patients may have been taking for years that could be reviewed, Goyal noted.
However, the study suggested that the benefits of medication may outweigh the risks o…

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