overmedication


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overmedication

Side effects, drug interactions, or other potential problems that result from the excessive use or excessive prescription of medications. Overmedication is a common problem in the elderly, who may have multiple diseases and conditions and multiple health care providers.
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The following letters refer to "Homeopathy: An Alternative to Overmedication?" January 1999:
Factors that must be considered before recommending such products include mechanisms of action, the dangers of overmedication, possible drug interactions and whether a patient might not be better suited to seek the assistance of a physician.
Overmedication would be particularly problematic with medications that have side-effect profiles like those of tretinoin.
If a physician has cared for a patient who has experienced respiratory depression or arrest following pain treatment, he or she may have a strong fear of overmedication. Assurance of a plan for careful monitoring of level of consciousness and ventilatory status will help overcome resistance to increasing analgesia doses when needed.
How many problems assumed to be paralysis related are actually caused by overmedication? What is going to happen if life-saving antibiotics are no longer effective because of their continued misuse?
which would not only save money and prevent overmedication but would also provide recognition of the real cognitive services pharmacists can provide and should be paid for.
Revco officials believe that the program is particularly important for elderly patients, who are frequently victims of overmedication and mismanagement not only of prescription drugs but also of over-the-counter medications.
Because these consumers often have several medical problems and see more than one doctor, overmedication can easily occur.