Polypharmacy Guidance for the safe and effective use of multiple medicines to manage long term conditions

The care of patients with co-morbidity (more than one long term condition) is now one of the greatest challenges faced by the NHS. Central to this is the fact that many patients will be advised to take multiple medicines and it is often the case that each medicine is being prescribed for a single condition. Each additional medicine increases further the complexity of their care and the resulting polypharmacy can develop elements that are either appropriate or inappropriate. The key health care aim for the clinician and individual patient remains to ensure the continuing safe and effective use of the totality of the patient’s multiple medicines.

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