Increased medication intake has become a problem in a large number of people and in many cases they act negatively instead of having a positive effect. This is especially true for the elderly, most of whom take at least three tablets a day. The consequence of aging is the reduction of body organs (biomorphosis), which affects the longer retention of drugs in the body and their more difficult excretion from the body. The kidneys in the elderly work more slowly and are thus unable to excrete all toxins from the body, which often results in vomiting. In addition, the risk of side effects in the elderly is up to six times higher.

The risk of drug dependence is higher in the elderly, especially on drugs that are used regularly, and can be obtained without a prescription, such as painkillers, tranquilizers, anti-influenza and the like. Addiction is especially caused by codeine, caffeine, morphine, quinine, etc., alkaloids that primarily act on nerve cells and cause addiction. Most organic disorders are caused by drugs, ie their excessive and improper consumption, so that instead of controlling diseases, they cause even greater disorders.

You will be more successful with medication if you consult your doctor and follow these tips:
- Do not use new medications before consulting your doctor, especially if they can be obtained without a prescription.
- The dosage must be in accordance with the physiological changes of the organism due to aging. Some doctors ignore this and simply prescribe half the dose. If you already feel changes or sensitivity after taking the first medicine, it means that the prescribed dose is not appropriate, and it is usually higher than necessary.
- When visiting your doctor, you should take with you a list of all the medicines you are currently taking so that you are not prescribed a medicine that is not compatible with the ones you are currently using.
- Each medicine has side effects. Have your doctor describe them in detail so that you can suppress them through a different diet, avoiding consuming certain drinks, etc.
- Alcohol causes many side effects if taken with analgesics (painkillers), while smoking limits their action by almost four times.
- Read the instructions for use that come with each medicine. If any of the terms are not clear to you, consult your doctor.
- Inquire whether certain herbal preparations, which usually do not cause unwanted side effects, have the same effect as chemically produced drugs, and if so, use them.
- Talk to your doctor about whether any of the natural treatment methods can be used in your case.
- Make an accurate medication plan, the exact amount and time interval with your doctor. This is especially important when taking antibiotics. Do not stop therapy as soon as you feel improvement.
- Sedatives and painkillers should not be taken for a long time unless prescribed by your doctor, as there is a risk of addiction to them.

- Pain is a reaction of the body to the current load and can sometimes go away on its own without taking medication. If you feel a headache then a walk in the fresh air may help you more than a pill. If you are tired we advise you to take a warm bath.
- If the pain does not stop after a long period of taking the medication, then you should stop taking the medication because then they only suppress the symptoms and look for the real cause of the pain.
- Much of the medication prescribed to the elderly are antidepressants, but they are not a permanent solution. Meaningful life contents are much better medicine.