polypharmacy

noun
poly·​phar·​ma·​cy | \ ˌpä-li-ˈfär-mə-sē How to pronounce polypharmacy (audio) \

Definition of polypharmacy

: the practice of administering many different medicines especially concurrently for the treatment of a single disease also : the concurrent use of multiple medications by a patient to treat usually coexisting conditions and which may result in adverse drug interactions

Examples of polypharmacy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But polypharmacy can put people at risk of side effects that can severely impact their quality of life and even cause life-threatening symptoms. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "UCSF leads national research on ‘deprescribing’ patients taking too many meds," 25 Dec. 2019 The work is part of a provocative and growing body of research that documents how polypharmacy -- the use of multiple prescription drugs at the same time -- has risen in the U.S. Carolyn Y. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "More than a third of American adults take prescription drugs that may increase risk of depression, study says," 12 June 2018 Studies have linked polypharmacy to unnecessary death. Sandra G. Boodman | Kaiser Health News, Washington Post, "An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs," 12 Dec. 2017 Studies have linked polypharmacy to unnecessary death. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "America's other big drug problem: Older people take too many pills," 12 Dec. 2017 Studies have linked polypharmacy to unnecessary death. Sandra G. Boodman | Kaiser Health News, Washington Post, "An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs," 12 Dec. 2017 Studies have linked polypharmacy to unnecessary death. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "America's other big drug problem: Older people take too many pills," 12 Dec. 2017 Studies have linked polypharmacy to unnecessary death. Sandra G. Boodman | Kaiser Health News, Washington Post, "An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs," 12 Dec. 2017 Studies have linked polypharmacy to unnecessary death. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "America's other big drug problem: Older people take too many pills," 12 Dec. 2017

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1762, in the meaning defined above

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“Polypharmacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polypharmacy. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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polypharmacy

noun
poly·​phar·​ma·​cy | \ -ˈfär-mə-sē How to pronounce polypharmacy (audio) \
plural polypharmacies

Medical Definition of polypharmacy

: the practice of administering many different medicines especially concurrently for the treatment of the same disease also : the concurrent use of multiple medications by a patient to treat usually coexisting conditions and which may result in adverse drug interactions

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