Polypharmacy in Singapore

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14 Dec 2016 - General

Polypharmacy refers to taking more than 5 different types of medicine a day. Polypharmacy is not harmful in nature, but if multiple medicines prescribed interact, there could be harmful consequences. There are usually no severe side effects but only present in dizziness and appetite loss. The onus is thus on the healthcare professionals to determine what medicine has been prescribed to the patient in the past and determine the best prescription based on that. It would also be good to ask about the patient's medicine taking habits, as some may be uncompliant. In fact, I have heard from some elderly patients who feel that taking more medicine is often better. They do not follow their medication schedules at times and take medicines however they wish. 



The risk of drug interactions become higher when a patient is taking more medications. The most alarming problem is that even the doctors are unaware of drug interactions can can potentially be lethal. When patients are on polypharmacy it is importan...
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