Dangers of taking too many prescriptions

September 5, 2011 1:42:21 PM PDT
Sometimes people end up taking several prescription medicines at one time with no clue about the possible side effects or interactions drugs may have.

It's important to have one expert helping you keep track of your meds. Alesandra Rain got several illnesses one after the other, and before she knew it she was taking 12 different prescriptions and seeing 6 different doctors. "This is how you lose your life. For me to see this brings back 10 years of suffering," said Rain. What went wrong? Rain says too many doctors, too much medicine. She took medication for insomnia, then for a rapid heart beat. Next came meds for depression and anxiety and then pain killers after back surgery. It is not uncommon for patients to receive multiple prescriptions, particularly from multiple prescribers with no communication among those prescribers. Rain didn't have one medical expert keeping track of her overall care and says she didn't realize that some medicines were causing bad side effects and others made her sicker. She now has her health under control. What can you do to keep this from happening to you? Go to one pharmacy so they can keep track of all of your medications and watch for interactions. When your doctor prescribes a drug for you, ask about the exit strategy and will it be tough to get off of it. And at follow up visits ask: Do I still need this drug?