Summary: A recent study suggests that some older adults are at risk for potentially dangerous drug interactions. Make sure your doctor and your pharmacist are aware of all the supplements, prescription and over-the-counter medicines you take, and ask them to check for potential interactions.
In online forums and at meetings, I hear people with memory loss talk about the medicines and supplements they take. It’s not unusual for them to reel off a list of several prescription drugs and twenty or more supplements. Could the combination of some of these medicines be dangerous?
Potential drug interactions are a concern for everyone, not just for people with memory loss. Late last year, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an article by Dr. Dima Qato and her colleagues at the University of Chicago on the medicines older Americans take. The researchers catalogued the drug use of over 2200 people across the U.S., ages 57 through 85.