If you or a loved one has just recently returned home from the hospital, there are a couple of things you should do ASAP.
First, check to make sure you have all your limbs, major organs, and wallet, just in case. Many folks don’t escape a hospitalization without one or the other missing.
But all kidding aside, it’s not just stuff that’s missing you need to watch out for. You also need to take a look at what’s come home with you. Because many people are discharged with a whole new set of meds.
Some of them may be entirely unnecessary. Others may be essentially repeats of meds they’re already on.
Worst of all, a startling new report reveals how some of these meds… sent home with you by DOCTORS, who should KNOW BETTER… aren’t just unnecessary and redundant. They’re downright dangerous.
But today, I’m going to reveal how to SPOT these harmful drugs. Plus, I’ll explain how to GET RID OF THEM before they do any real damage.
When GOOD hospital docs make BAD decisions
The new study tracked some 2,402 hospitalized seniors with an average age of 76. The researchers were checking on two specific things.
- What drugs they were sent home with
- What happened to them over the next month
The answers to both are shocking.
These folks weren’t just given one or two new meds. They were on EIGHT DIFFERENT DRUGS at the time of their discharge from the hospital.
Let’s face it, when you’re on that many meds, something’s almost bound to go wrong. And sure enough, things DID.
Two out of three patients were given what’s known as potentially inappropriate meds or drugs that are …
- risky in combination with their other meds
- redundant to another drug already being used
Some of them were on those bad-news drugs before they even arrived at the hospital. Hospital doctors should’ve spotted the problem and corrected it. But they didn’t.
And in too many cases, they not only didn’t FIX the problem. They made it worse. Because HALF of all patients were discharged with a NEW potentially inappropriate medication that they weren’t on before.
And within a single month, one in ten were battling dangerous side effects. The kind of potentially harmful reactions that can lead to hospitalization or even death.
2 Step Post-Hospitalization Protection Plan
So to minimize your own risk take TWO steps any time you’re hospitalized.
Step One: BEFORE you’re discharged, go over all of your meds with the hospital doctor. Not just the new ones they’re adding, but your old ones too. Forcing them to focus on everything you’re taking at once can help spot potential conflicts right there.
Step Two: AFTER you’re home, schedule a “brown bag” checkup with a pharmacist or a doctor who specializes in geriatric medicine. It’s when you bring in ALL of your meds – often in a brown bag, thus the name – so they can review each drug to ensure you need them, remove the ones you don’t, and check for dosages, conflicts, and other issues.
Bonus step: Visit a naturopathic medical doctor or a doctor of integrative medicine to see which of your meds can be replaced with proven natural therapies.