Medications are intended to improve your quality of life and sometimes even to save your life. However, they must be taken according to the dosage and only for a limited time. Several medications taken at the same time, whether they are prescribed or bought over-the-counter, can have devastating effects. Furthermore, some types of medications like psychoactive drugs, including antidepressants and sleeping pills, can have very serious side effects if they are taken over a long period of time.
In Outaouais in 2005-06, 31.5% of people aged 65 and over had at least one potentially inappropriate prescription; that is to say, the adverse effects of the medication exceeded the benefits. (Source: Étude sur la prévalence de l'usage d'ordonnances potentiellement non appropriées (OPNA) chez les aînées du Québec, de 2000 à 2006, Conseil du médicament et Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec).
It is very important to talk to your doctor and your pharmacist about your medication intake to ensure that it is optimal.