An unavoidable part of aging is our need for medications to help keep our health on track. Few escape the pharmacists’ long reach. However, a recent survey highlighted the dangers of mixing over-the-counter (OTC) medicines with prescription drugs.
Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the study found that 81% of adults aged 57-85 used at least one prescription medicine. It’s not surprising considering the prevalence of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, etc., in an aging population. What was alarming, however, was the reported high use of OTC drugs and supplements.