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JAMA Patient Page
November 7, 2017


JAMA. 2017;318(17):1728. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.15764

Polypharmacy occurs when a person is taking many different medications at the same time.

This often happens when a person has many chronic diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart failure, osteoporosis, and/or symptoms such as pain or insomnia, requiring long-term treatment with medications. Chronic diseases and symptoms accumulate with age; for this reason, older adults are at higher risk of polypharmacy.

Topic: Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology

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