Sharon Brangman, MD, is chief of geriatrics at Upstate Medical University
Precautions for senior citizens who take multiple medications
As people grow older, they are more likely to develop long-term health conditions that require multiple medications. Many older people also take over-the-counter medications, vitamins or supplements. As a result, older adults have a higher risk of overmedication and unwanted drug reactions. Sharon Brangman, MD, shares advice for how to reduce these risks -- and what to consider before adding any medication. Brangman is the chief of geriatrics at Upstate and a former president of the American Geriatrics Society.