‘Sharing’ meds can lead to a broken hip
People mean well — they really do — but some folks go around sharing their meds the way others offer Tic Tacs.
You probably know someone like that.
If you’ve got the sniffles, they’ve got some leftover antibiotics. If you’re nervous about something, they just happen to have some Xanax. And if you’re in pain, they might even have a selection of both over-the-counter and prescription meds available.
There are dozens of reasons why this is a terrible idea, but that hasn’t stopped up to 1 in 5 older Americans from sharing their meds anyway.
And now, the latest research shows just one of the unexpected risks you could face from taking meds you were given by a friend or relative playing pharmacist.
You could end up with a broken hip!
The new study finds a surprising number of people with hip fractures had been taking antidepressants or antianxiety meds beforehand.
The surprising part isn’t the fact that they had taken the drugs. They’re common enough, especially among older folks, and they’re known to increase the risk of a fall.
No, the true surprise is that blood tests revealed many of these hip fracture patients were on the meds… despite the fact that they had NO PRESCRIPTION on file for them!
It’s a sure sign of drug-swapping, or getting the meds from friends or family members who THINK they’re helping.
They might swear by those drugs themselves, but not everyone has the same reaction or tolerance.
Age, metabolism, nutrition, diet, other meds, and even genetics can all cause problems with how your body handles a drug — so while your friend might feel like a million bucks after popping anti-anxiety meds, YOU could feel like you just downed three quick shots of bourbon.
And that could set the stage for a fall and a potentially devastating injury.
So, when your friend hands you that pill, he might really be handing you a ticket to the ER.
That’s why it’s absolutely critical to make sure there’s a doctor and pharmacist reviewing any med you take… and to not simply trust a “mystery pill” from a friend or loved one.
Better yet, make those drugs an absolute last resort — even when a real doctor is offering them — because, in many cases, these conditions can be defeated by natural therapies such as herbal relaxants and homeopathic remedies.
If you need a little more help, speak to holistic medical doctor who knows when you need meds… and when you don’t.
I’ll have another reason to avoid these and any other meds that can increase the risk of a fall coming up later today.
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