Healthwatch on 10/08/12
You most certainly know someone whose life depends on the prescription drugs they take: it may be your husband, who takes sleeping pills to counteract the anxiety his heart medications cause him, or it may be your aging father, who takes upwards of twenty pills a day for everything from arthritis to high blood pressure. But we’ve all read the headlines: prescription drugs can kill you. If that’s the case, why are so many Americans, particularly those sixty and older, given so many pills, with no regard to how they interact with one another?
Fifth-generation pharmacist Armon B. Neel, Jr. is on a mission to help patients understand how the medications they take can affect them—for better or worse. In Are Your Prescriptions Killing You? How to Prevent Dangerous Interactions, Avoid Deadly Side Effects and Be Healthier with Fewer Drugs, Armon reveals what you and your loved ones need to know about the risks, dangers, and benefits of prescription drugs. Rich with real-life case studies, this groundbreaking book offers older people, who are most at risk—and the boomers who often care for them—a road map to better health. This gripping narrative provides essential information for anyone who depends on prescription medications, and reading it may save a loved one’s life.