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Half of over-65s taking too many medicines

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Almost half the over-65s in the UK take a daily cocktail of more than five medicines, and have little knowledge of what they are taking, or the side effects, a survey has found.

The research, by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, found that 43 per cent of over-65s were taking five medicines at the same time, but one in five admitted to not always taking their medicines as prescribed, 60 per cent suspected they may have had side-effects, and only one in five of those said they had had their prescription checked out as a result.

The college is urging older patients to visit their pharmacist for a medicine use review to receive advice on the medicines they are being prescribed.

The survey, of more than 2,000 people, found that just one in ten of the over-65s understood what their medicines did, or how they treated their condition.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain is urging older people to review thier medication

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