Anyone seen the list of drugs on the BBC news website?

jenzie06
jenzie06 Member Posts: 708
edited 2. Jul 2011, 21:38 in Living with Arthritis archive
Its in an article entitled 'Warning over combining common medicines for elderly.'

I got a score of 5 meaning that if I were older I would have to go and have another chat with my GP. Or at least a GP as at my surgery you never see the same doc twice.

Apparently 'Between 1991 and 1993, 20% of patients with a score of four or more died. Of those taking no anticholinergic drugs only 7% died.'

On a more positive note if I die earlier that's ok as I won't have a pension to look after me anyway so I'll be a bag lady. But then again I could get hit by a bus tomorrow so I don't think I'll lose any sleep over it.

What a daft article, it will just make people worry unnecessarily, the docs know this occurs but what can you do if you need to take the drugs?!

What were other peoples' scores?

Comments

  • kneegirl
    kneegirl Member Posts: 492
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Do you have a link to the article please?

    Thanks
  • elnafinn
    elnafinn Member Posts: 7,412
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    If you google Warning over combining common medicines for elderly you will easily find it.

    Elna x
  • jenzie06
    jenzie06 Member Posts: 708
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
  • kneegirl
    kneegirl Member Posts: 492
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you Jenzie.

    x
  • traluvie
    traluvie Member Posts: 2,579
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I got a score of 3..which was from amtriptyline..Couldn't see any others on there..
  • Poppyg1rl
    Poppyg1rl Member Posts: 1,245
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I got a score of 6, Amtriptyline, prednisolone, diazepam, and codeine. I'm 39, i think if u need the meds, u take them, I don't personally worry re shorter life span, I'd rather take the meds and have a better quality of life than live longer in pain :grin:
    Love to all x
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 28,059
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Jenzie how are you??

    l think l got 5

    amitrip 3
    colchicine 1
    codeine 1

    we are ok for no l think anyway aren't we?

    Love

    Toni xx
  • jenzie06
    jenzie06 Member Posts: 708
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Off to see GP on Fri to discuss my sciatica so will ask about drugs.

    Toni - things going ok thanks. Harry off to nursery for the first time tomorrow. He hasn't been going as they have had a stomach bug which he brought home after a quick visit. Now they have chicken pox, not great for mum or me but I can't cope any longer. He's brill but I get v tired.
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 28,059
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Oh Jen

    I do hope he doesn't catch it :shock:

    But you do need the break. he is growing up so fast :smile:

    Love

    Toni xx
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,276
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Jen
    Thanks for this I will go and have a look, little Harry going to nursery...it dosnt seem two mins since we were all waiting for his birth.....that was a long night :grin:
    I am glad you will be getting some rest, and Harry will love it when he settles in.
    You take care.
  • woodbon
    woodbon Member Posts: 4,969
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I scored 4 maybe that explains a lot! love Suexx
  • skezier
    skezier Member Posts: 11,333
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Jen,.

    Hope Harry will be ok and not catch anything but d understand the fact you need some rest up for a few hours as well.

    Is he still ok with his shoes :lol: they grow so quickly and for me time whizzed by as well..... Age Jen I think :lol:

    You take care and I agree with Poppy if you need the drugs then you need them.... For me quality is more important than quantity.

    Hey nice to see you and hope Harry enjoys himself. Cris xx

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