What is it?

It is the use of five or more types of medication by a patient, usually someone over the age of 65.

How can inappropriate polypharmacy be harmful?

The large amounts of medication may confuse the patient, causing them to mix up the dosages, and this can lead to death in serious cases.

What can patients do to prevent inappropriate polypharmacy?

Patients can have regular conversations with doctors to review if they still need to be taking certain types of medicines that might no longer be necessary.