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Older adults and drug consumption. (April, 2012)

As people age they face growing health problems, mainly from chronic diseases (such as hypertension, diabetes and cancer, among others) that require ongoing treatment. Since these conditions tend to occur simultaneously, polypharmacy (the consumption of multiple drugs by one patient) is almost unavoidable, which can lead to an increase in unwanted or dangerous interactions. In addition to these risks, problems may arise due to changes in body, possible errors of improper prescription and self-medication.


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