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New Symptoms

If you aren’t a senior, you have friends and family who are.  Let’s say someone comes up with a new symptom or group of symptoms.  The first thing to review is:  look up all the medications they are taking and see what the side effects are.   That long list of side effects that you hear on their advertisements is no joke.   Many people have had that side effect or it would not be listed.

It is scary enough being a senior.  When new symptoms arrive, help them by looking up their medications and seeing if the side effects listed match their problem.  And remember, it is not wise to simply stop a medication.  I always tell a patient to go by and talk to their friendly pharmacist about how to get off if they can’t get in to see their doctor quickly.    

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