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More People On Long-Term Meds

Dr. Susan Neese Dr. Susan Neese

More than half of insured Americans are on prescriptions for chronic illnesses. And a local doctor says that number could be higher in our area.

The most common prescriptions being filled are for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

One doctor says so many advancements in medicine have made it possible to diagnose and treat chronic illnesses earlier in life.

But with one prescription can come many more.

Dr. Susan Neese says patients need to keep a close watch on what different medications they are on because combinations can be lethal.

Also, starting to take medications earlier in life could impact organ functions in other parts of the body.

So she says to have doctors monitor you if you are on multiple medications.

In addition to that, Dr. Neese says the skyrocketing cost of medications will eventually cripple Medicare...a program an increasing number of baby boomers are coming to depend on.

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