MedStrong: Shed Your Meds for a Better, Healthier You
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Medications, all too often, are continued needlessly, especially as we age. People fall, are hospitalized or injured in traffic accidents, deal with side effects knowingly or unknowingly, or place the blame of an ailment on age. Instead, we can change this narrative by reviewing and deprescribing medications after benefit wanes and before harm occurs.
Since the beginning of time, humans have sought relief from ailment in plants, herbs, and chemicals. The earliest forms of
medicine extracted from plants was morphine, for pain.
As a pharmacist and because my main focus is deprescribing, I am a self-proclaimed “antipharmacist” where I approach every problem believing a medication is a cause, working to limit medication use whenever possible. Using this philosophy throughout my pharmacy career, I established Medication Managers, LLC, a consulting practice that serves nursing facilities and long-term care pharmacy clients across the country, and later became the executive director and chief executive officer of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacist (ASCP) and the ASCP Foundation. At ASCP, we use a patient-focused approach, driven by deprescribing. We strive to make sure individuals are on the least amount of needed medications, and for most that means eliminating unneeded medication.
Have you ever wondered if you’re taking too many medications and for too long? Do you ever stop to ask if they are all still necessary? Or to consider whether stopping a medication, even one you have taken for years, might make you feel better?