from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The use of multiple drugs in a single prescription
  • n. The use of multiple drugs to treat multiple concurrent disorders in the same patient; especially the indiscriminate prescription of many drugs to elderly patients

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or practice of prescribing too many medicines.
  • n. A prescription made up of many medicines or ingredients.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The prescribeing of too many medicines, especially in one prescription.


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  • "The real message is doctors who care for older patients need to spend a lot of time looking at medications and avoiding what we call polypharmacy which means too many medications," says Dr. Pfohl.


  • Even though the serious problems with polypharmacy are known and expected, polypharmacy is growing in mental health care, not decreasing.

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  • This is called polypharmacy, which is the administration of excessive medications, and Holland said it's one of the leading causes of drug overdoses in the country.

  • In fact, many of the new blockbuster diseases from adult ADHD and RA to fibromyalgia are treated with new drugs piled on top of existing ones that aren't working, a Pharma contrivance called polypharmacy.

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  • Not everyone agreed about multidrug combinations commonly called polypharmacy either. Main RSS Feed

  • Army officials nationwide are re-examining so-called polypharmacy - the practice of prescribing multiple prescription drugs to soldiers Chronicle

  • However, increasing research is finding that "polypharmacy" (the use of multiple drugs concurrently) may lead to worse, not better, results.

    Dana Ullman: Homeopathy: A Healthier Way to Treat Depression?

  • Moreover, all of these deaths were a result of polypharmacy, meaning that buprenorphine was mixed with other drugs, so it's far from clear whether the buprenorphine itself was responsible.

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  • The department's Chief Director for regulations and procurement, Bada Pharasi, said the EDL would help do away with irrational prescribing, and avoid "polypharmacy", where numbers of drugs were prescribed for a particular illness.

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  • This practice of "polypharmacy" is increasing substantially, and Big Pharma is pushing it hard and benefiting from it in a big big way.

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