Many seniors and their families question the number of pills they take. This begins a series on why everyone should be concerned, which drugs are particularly worrisome, and what can patients do to minimize medications and the risk of side-effects: Polypharmacy #1.
Mom is in the nursing home with Alzheimer’s, and has repeated urinary tract infections (UTI) treated with antibiotics whenever she becomes more confused. We’re now told these likely weren’t infections and the antibiotics should be avoided. How will we know if she has an infection and when it should be treated?