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Older Americans are taking their vitamins — and that could be dangerous

from The Washington Post

The number of older Americans at risk for a potentially life-threatening drug interaction doubled between 2005 and 2010, according to a new study — but not just from the prescriptions they fill at the pharmacy or the medicines they buy over the counter. The study of more than 2,000 people between ages 62 and 85 found that the majority of potentially dangerous drug combinations came from interactions between conventional drugs, such as a blood pressure drug and a cholesterol drug that together can increase risk of muscle damage and kidney failure. more

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