Rollason and Vogt listed the various problems that can be caused by polypharmacy. These problems can be minimized by managing the number and types of drugs that the patient is taking. The authors are from University Hospital Geneva.


Problems that can be caused by polypharmacy:

(1) poor adherence

(2) adverse drug reactions

(3) drug-drug interactions

(4) excessive cost for care


In addition, polypharmacy is associated with an increased risk for:

(1) hospitalization

(2) medication errors


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