What is deprescribing? Deprescribing is a movement in the health care system that has started in Ontario and Quebec and is moving west.
The Canadian Deprescribing network is a group of health care leaders, researchers and patient advocates working together to mobilize knowledge and promote the deprescribing of medication that may no longer be of benefit or that may be causing harm.
71% of Canadian seniors are willing to stop a medication if their doctor says it is possible.
ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR, PHARMACIST OR NURSE BEFORE CHANGING OR STOPPING ANY OF YOUR MEDICATIONS.
Deprescribing means reducing or stopping medications that may not be beneficial or may be causing harm. The risk of harmful effects and hospitalizations increases when taking many prescription medications.
With age, some medications can become unnecessary or even harmful because of short term or long term side effects, and drug interactions.
For Canadians over the age of 65:
2 out of 3 take at least 5 medications
1 out of 4 take at least 10 medications.
Visit the Canadian Deprescribing Network to learn more.
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