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A pill for every ill? Make sure your medication is really helping you.

A pill for every ill?  Make sure your medication is really helping you.

By Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, Geriatrician and Director, Canadian Deprescribing Network

Nowadays, it seems there is a choice of pills you can take for every symptom, big or small. Most people only have 10 minutes in their doctor’s office to discuss health issues. Read more…

Community champion in the spotlight: Herb John convinced we can make a difference

Community champion in the spotlight: Herb John convinced we can make a difference

By Jennie Herbin, Community Engagement Coordinator, Canadian Deprescribing Network

Herb John was waiting to board a plane to Ottawa for a Canadian Transportation Agency meeting when I caught him on the phone this weekend. Read more…

Why are you taking a PPI?

Why are you taking a PPI?

By Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, Geriatrician and Director, Canadian Deprescribing Network

Mr. Turner considers himself to be a typical healthy 67-year-old, but late last year he started to get sharp burning sensations in his stomach and throat, especially after meals. Read more…

Are you worried about the medications older family members are taking?

Are you worried about the medications older family members are taking?

By Janet Currie and Johanna Trimble

Often, adult children are the first to notice the effects of prescription medications on their parents or other family members.

Common adverse effects can include problems with memory, over-sedation, confusion, dizziness, balance problems, increased falling or behaviour that is unusual.  Read more …

9 Quick Safety Tips to Manage Your Medications

9 Quick Safety Tips to Manage Your Medications

By Johanna Trimble and Janet Currie

Track your meds. It’s up to you or your family to keep track of the drugs you are taking. Your medication list is unlikely to be available to all health professionals online! Electronic medical records systems often don’t “talk” to one another. Read more…