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Sharp Rise Reported in Older Americansí Use of Multiple Psychiatric Drugs
NY TIMES ^ | FEB. 13, 2017 | BENEDICT CAREYFEB.

Posted on 02/13/2017 10:12:01 AM PST by MarvinStinson

Edited on 02/13/2017 10:15:34 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers reported on Monday.

The new analysis, based on data from doctorsí office visits, suggests that inappropriate prescribing to older people is more common than previously thought. Office visits are a close, if not exact, estimate of underlying patient numbers. The paper appears in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.


(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: drugs; gabapetin; health; jama; pharma; pregabalin; psychiatry; psychotropic; seniors
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1 posted on 02/13/2017 10:12:01 AM PST by MarvinStinson
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To: MarvinStinson
The same "evaluation" techniques as kids on Ritalin.

Follow the money.

2 posted on 02/13/2017 10:17:40 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: MarvinStinson

Sounds like a problem with doctors more than with the patients.

Are they just trying to get older people out of their hair?


3 posted on 02/13/2017 10:18:33 AM PST by Iron Munro (If Illegals voted Rebublican 66 Million Democrats Would Be Screaming "Build The Wall!")
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To: MarvinStinson

The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs...

Oh, psychiatric drugs!
I thought I was going to have to add another Psychedelic
drug.


4 posted on 02/13/2017 10:22:27 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Iron Munro
Are they just trying to get older people out of their hair?

That is probably part of it, another part is likely some aging baby boomers wanting a "quick fix" from medication they see on TV or hear about from friends.

There are probably other factors as well, but those spring to mind.

5 posted on 02/13/2017 10:23:56 AM PST by drop 50 and fire for effect ("Work relentlessly, accomplish much, remain in the background, and be more than you seem.)
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To: MarvinStinson; TheStickman; dainbramaged; dljordan; beaversmom; T-Bone Texan
My Great Grandmother always said "Stay. Away. From. Pills"

She lived to be 92 in good health.

6 posted on 02/13/2017 10:24:44 AM PST by KC_Lion ("I'm a believer that you don't need a title, and you don't need an office to make a difference"~S.P.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Frankly, this is the first notable occurrence I’ve had of someone actually calling a drug “psychiatric.” I’ve heard the difference between psychoactive and psychotropic and I have also read and heard about narcotics like opiates and the like.

The article does not do much distinction between classes of “psycho-blah” and “narco-blah....” So I really don’t know what to make of it except there is some kind of purpose to it only a NYT ghoul could mutate.

In addition to the education of your doctor (assuming you chose one from a school that didn’t end each day with Margaritas) coupled with multiple resources to gauge drug interactions and contraindications should provide some measure of comfort - more comfort that what a New York Times reporter provides.


7 posted on 02/13/2017 10:24:57 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: MarvinStinson
The headline and opening paragraph say "psychiatric" medications, but further down, it says they include sleep aids and painkillers.

Nearly 46 percent of people with at least three prescriptions had no diagnosis of a mood, chronic pain or sleep problem, the study found.

Weird. Perhaps the patients are watching medicine ads on television. Then they request the drug from their doctor, and he writes a prescription, without bothering to make a diagnosis.

8 posted on 02/13/2017 10:27:13 AM PST by Tax-chick ("If you think free speech is assault but assault is free speech, you're a moron.")
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To: Sacajaweau
I was thinking about putting up a vanity post of a piece of medical junk mail I received last Friday. It is from the Neuroscience Education Institute about their big spring wing-ding in Washington, DC on May 5-7th. The outside of the flier breathlessly exclaims:

in Primary care 60% of Patients Have a Diagnosable Mental Disorder. Presumably this symposium is about how to peddle as many dubious psych meds as possible to these over-cashed rubes.

If 60% of everybody is mentally ill, then I would suggest that the definition of mental illness itself is the real disease and not the normal ups and downs of everyday life.

But where is the fun (and profit) in that?

9 posted on 02/13/2017 10:29:15 AM PST by lafroste (Look at my profile page. Thanks.)
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To: Tax-chick

Given that the industry has poured endless billions into convincing consumers to do exactly that, I’d wager that a) it’s the truth; b) the pharmas know that; and c) they’re banking on it.


10 posted on 02/13/2017 10:29:35 AM PST by thoughtomator (Purple: the color of sedition)
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To: Iron Munro

That particular generation can be difficult to deal with. On average (always exceptions) not as mentally tough as their parents.


11 posted on 02/13/2017 10:29:41 AM PST by rmichaelj (Ave Maria gratia plena, Dominus tecum.)
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To: MarvinStinson
... inappropriate prescribing to older people is more common than previously thought.
My late MIL took 7 prescriptions each day and she was miserable, almost suicidal.
  Finally one day she decided to stop taking the drugs and within a week she was like a new person.
  Went to her doctor and he suggested she only restart 2 of the 7.
She saved a ton of money ... which is why so many drugs are prescribed ... boo-koo bucks. Big pharma sux.
12 posted on 02/13/2017 10:29:43 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: MarvinStinson

How many are taking them as recreation?


13 posted on 02/13/2017 10:31:55 AM PST by JimRed ( TERM LIMITS, NOW! Building the Wall! TRUTH is the new HATE SPEECH.)
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To: KC_Lion
My Great Grandmother always said "Stay. Away. From. Pills"

Excellent advice. I'm 62 and I take no meds of any kind.

14 posted on 02/13/2017 10:32:49 AM PST by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: KC_Lion

My grandmother lived to be 106—yes I am bragging.

I never saw a pill of any kind in her house.


15 posted on 02/13/2017 10:33:40 AM PST by cgbg (Hidden behind the social justice warrior mask is corruption and sexual deviance.)
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To: thoughtomator

“Ask your doctor if (Drug X) could be right for you!”


16 posted on 02/13/2017 10:33:53 AM PST by Tax-chick ("If you think free speech is assault but assault is free speech, you're a moron.")
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To: MarvinStinson

He’s 55, married for 30 years in a children-centered marriage, empty nest now, nothing in common, she walked out, he’s emotionally and socially upside down. Doc softens him up, gives him Rx for anxiety/depression.

Now, he’ll have big trouble with gun buy/carry permits. Part of a PC proggie program, this.


17 posted on 02/13/2017 10:40:32 AM PST by polymuser
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To: KC_Lion

Stay away from doctors.


18 posted on 02/13/2017 10:52:02 AM PST by bgill (From the CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola")
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To: Tax-chick

Commercials misinform patients who threaten to leave their doctor if they dont get the pill they saw on TV. The line is very blurred between pain killers, sleep aids and anti-depressants. Expiring trademarks and the greed of more $$$$$ creates all manner of chemicals that we dont even have names for yet.

My lesson was with Tramadol. A 6 year addiction in spite of 4 medical Dr.s ensuring me that its not addictive. After I proved them all wrong and found someone to help, the worst 13 months of my life began. The only pill I agreed to take in 45 years made my chronic pain seem like a walk in the park on a spring day.

I doubt my faith in medical science will ever recover.

“Do no harm” — What a joke!


19 posted on 02/13/2017 10:53:21 AM PST by Delta 21 (The minority demands NOTHING !)
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To: bgill

I go only if it’s unknown and/or something I can’t handle myself.


20 posted on 02/13/2017 10:53:25 AM PST by wally_bert (I didn't get where I am today by selling ice cream tasting of bookends, pumice stone & West Germany)
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