However, these ads can also encourage overmedication
or have consumers begin to think they have the disease being advertised.
Many abusers, however, use these factors to cover up intentional injury that might have resulted in the older person falling, including overmedication
(a form of physical abuse) and withholding a necessary walking aid (a form of neglect).
In addition to cardiovascular problems such as heart damage or abnormal heart rhythm, other possible causes of low cardiac output that might be addressed include low blood pressure linked to overmedication
with anti-hypertensive drugs or low blood volume resulting from a lack of fluids or hemorrhage.
Among other benefits, the danger of possible overmedication
is minimized--a crucial element especially when dealing with medicines that often are regularly dosed, such as analgesics.
For the patient, this translates to avoiding the consequences of either--for example, suffering from hypoglycemia or overmedication
or the long-term health consequences of under-controlled diabetes.
Doctors must be careful to avoid overmedication
that can lead to HbA1C readings that are too low, hypoglycemic episodes, and severe injuries, especially in the frail elderly.
They represent the victims of wrong-site surgeries, the aorta sliced instead of the renal artery, overmedication
due to a misplaced decimal point, a misdiagnosis leading to cardiac failure, a hospitalacquired infection from inadequate cleanliness of equipment or hands, a sponge left inside the surgical site.
Mehrdad (Mike) Ayati discusses the critical importance of nutrition and a balanced diet, mental health concerns, ways to minimize problems with increased frailty, the problem of overmedication
, how to find a reliable geriatrician, and more.
In the geriatric population, overmedication
is very common.
One contributing factor could be overmedication
caused by a combination of warfarin and antiplatelet therapy.
Diabetes also puts seniors at increased risk for depression, reduced mental function, harmful falls, persistent pain, and overmedication
Opponents contend that DTC advertisements misinform patients, encourage overmedication
, and pressurize physicians to prescribe advertised drugs and thus weaken the relationship between patients and physicians (Calfee, 2002; Spake & Joseph, 2007).