After our mother died in May 1999, my brother had trouble sleeping. His GP prescribed the benzodiazepine temazepam. My brother had a history of depression, was not a strong person and had all the potential for developing dependency. The prescription...
With atrial fibrillation, a high pulse rate and elevated blood pressure, I’ve gone through at least seven different medications, prescribed by my GP, over the last two years. I’m 71 and could not tolerate any of them due to side-effects that I’d...
DON'T GROW OLD: Or don't take the drugs
DRUGS FOR THE ELDERLY: They're a health hazard (the drugs, that is)
HOORAY! THE DRUGS WORK: But then again, they don't
My 84-year-old husband has been on a combination of drugs for the last five years.
My cousin Doll, who is over 80, had a heart attack with angina two years ago. She bruises badly with the slightest knock or scratch and also has vertigo. Here is her prescription-drug list:
The growing ‘grey’ population may be raking in the cash for drug companies, but look at the other end of the age spectrum and you’ll also see burgeoning trade. The number of children diagnosed with mental disorders, including attention...
Chemotherapy results in substantial remission for only 3 per cent of cancers - mainly blood-based ones like Hodgkin’s disease, leukaemia and Burkitt’s lymphoma. Also successfully treated are testicular and ovarian cancers.