It's estimated that 5+ million Americans are currently living with dementia
Despite that suggested decline however, prevalence rates of dementia in other places around the world have seen an increase and it's an issue that is and will continue to impact millions of people worldwide.
For some of those who receive a dementia diagnosis, they might also face the issue of being prescribed inappropriate or unnecessary medication as a result.
Their study results suggest that for those who are newly diagnosed with dementia, that their likelihood of being given unnecessary medications will increase. They found that medication use had increased by at least 11 percent; use of inappropriate medications had increased by 17 percent.
“Potentially inappropriate or unnecessary medications included sleeping tablets, pain drugs, depression drugs and acid reflux drugs (proton pump inhibitors).”
Researchers warn of the dangers that can come from being prescribed inappropriate and unnecessary medications, such as drowsiness, sedation, potential fractures, and even hospitalization.
It isn't only dementia patients either, who are being over-prescribed, as previous reports have suggested that there is prominent misuse of other medications such as painkillers and antibiotics. U.S. doctors have been frequently found to be all to eager to prescribe drugs to their patients.
Researchers have suggested that perhaps involving more decision-makers or caregivers in the process, might help someone to reach a more informed decision.
This might be someone such as a pharmacist or some other health professional etc. And they note that people will be able to obviously reduce unnecessary costs and discomfort if they are able to avoid taking unneeded medications.
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