As we age, many of us accumulate aches and ailments, as well as medications to treat them. Polypharmacy—the use of more medications than is really necessary—is common and can do more harm than good. Learn risk factors for, types of, and consequences of polypharmacy, followed by recommended tools for minimizing the potential harms. This includes the ins and outs of the planned process of reducing or eliminating medications that are no longer helping or are actually causing harm.

Chris McFarland is a clinical ambulatory care pharmacist and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. He holds a BS in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from UNC. He has experience in hospital and outpatient pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical industry, federal clinics, and academic medical center clinics.