Do Americans Take More Drugs than Europeans?

Think about this:


From the January 16 2001 PRnewswire is a story that reveals some startling numbers.


According to a survey conducted for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), 51% of American adults take two or more medications per day, which include over-the-counter drugs. The study also showed that 46% take at least one prescription medication daily and 28% take multiple prescription drugs per day. These figures show that an alarming rate of the adult population in the United States uses drugs of some kind.

As expected the elderly have the highest rate of medication usage with 79% of those over 65 reported to be taking at least one medication daily. Americans who are over 65 and take medications take an average of 4 medications per day per person. One of the concerns expressed by the ASHP president, Mick L. Hunt, M.S., was that medications could have bad interactions when mixed. Hunt said, “We want all patients to be aware of the potential for drug interactions that occur when mixing all of these remedies, especially when taking multiple medications each day.”

When patients get several prescriptions from the doctor, it is very hard to track all of the side effects of each drug and how each persons body will respond.  Every person is different and each drug will not work the same on everyone.  Also, you have to think about long-term effects of your organs when having to process these synthetic drugs.  It is better to find more natural ways of combating ailments like herbs and whole foods that your body can easily process and digest.  I know it may be easier to take a drug but your body has to work harder to filter this material out and it is a stress on the system.

Just something to think about.  We offer healthy alternatives with nutritional advice, exercise and lifestyle guidance.  Call our Redwood City Office Today for more information or make an appointment online with our 24 hour calendar.