medications

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…

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…

Hips don’t lie: what you should know about medications and falls

Hips don’t lie: what you should know about medications and falls

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

One night while working in the emergency room, a woman in her 70s was brought in with a broken hip. When I asked her what happened, she told me that she lost her balance going to the bathroom in the middle of the night and fell on the floor. Read more…

Bert’s story about getting off opioids

Bert’s story about getting off opioids

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

In 2003, then-53-year-old Bert Mitchell was in a car accident that nearly took his life. He came to in “excruciating” pain and his doctors put him on powerful opioid medication. More than a decade and several attempts later, he finally weaned off opioids. Now he uses alternative therapies to manage the pain—and has his life back. Read more…