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December 11, 2006

Drug-induced cognitive impairmentPart 1 and Part 2
Drug-induced dementia and delirium are commonly misattributed to underlying medical illness or merely to “old age.” But patients (and even their doctors!) might not know that by stopping or modifying the dosage of numerous, frequently prescribed drugs, most patients can be restored to a pre-drug state of mental function.

Misprescribing & overprescribing of drugs
Each year, Americans fill a grand total of 3.4 billion prescriptions. But are all these prescriptions really necessary? Read on to learn why older adults are at greater risk for overmedication, and what you can do about it.

Diseases caused by drugs
Ever get the feeling that you were better off before you started a new pill? About 9.6 million older Americans experience negative side effects from their medications every year. Sometimes known side effects are treated as if they are new diseases and additional drugs are prescribed to treat the side effects instead of trying to prevent them. Read on to find out how to avoid complications caused by medications.

The public health crisis of adverse drug reactions
More than two million Americans are sent to the hospital or seriously injured by side effects each year. In fact, with over 100,000 deaths each year, adverse drug reactions are one of the leading killers in the U.S. – and many of these cases are avoidable! Read on for more information on why older adults are more likely than younger adults to fall victim to severe side effects.

How to protect your family from adverse drug reactions
Doctors and pharmacists often blame side effects of prescription drugs on patients, accusing them of improperly taking their medications. But often  the blame should fall on doctors (for misprescribing or overprescribing) and pharmacists (for failing to detect drug interactions). That’s why patients must always be alert. Read on for a hands-on guide to protecting yourself and your family from serious side effects.

Cutting your prescription drug bill
Are you struggling to find the money to pay for your prescription drugs? You’re not alone! Many Americans are having trouble finding the thousands of dollars per year they need for even one drug! Read on for five ways to save money on your prescription drug bill.

Facts and myths about generic drugs
Many people don’t know that the only real difference between a brand name drug and a generic drug is the price! Read on to find out why.

Ten rules for safer drug use
Navigating the world of prescription drugs can be confusing – but we have compiled a list of 10 rules that will help guide you and your loved ones. Read on for helpful hints from the experts.


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