January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1730
Reference Entry
A definition of the term "polypharmacy" is presented. The term refers to a situation in which an individual use a large number of drugs that increases the likelihood of unwanted side effects and adverse drug-to-drug interactions.


Related Articles

  • side effect.  // Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1996 

    A definition of the term "side effect" is presented. It refers to an action or effect of a drug other than that desired. Commonly it is an undesirable effect such as nausea, headache, insomnia, rash, confusion, dizziness, or an unwanted drug-drug interaction.

  • adverse reaction.  // Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p50 

    A definition of the medical term "adverse reaction" is presented. Adverse reaction, in pharmacology and therapeutics, refers to an undesired side effect or toxicity caused by a treatment. Adverse reaction may occur as a result of drug therapies, physical therapy, radiation or surgery. The...

  • drug event, adverse.  // Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p640 

    A definition of the term adverse drug event is presented, which refers to an unpleasant or unwanted effect caused by medication.

  • drug interaction.  // Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p640 

    A definition of the medical term "drug interaction" is presented. It is the combined effect of drugs taken concurrently. The result may be antagonism or synergism, and consequently may be lethal in some cases. It is important for the patient, physician, and nurse to be aware of the potential...

  • Multiple drugs overdose.  // Reactions Weekly;Jun2015, Vol. 1557 Issue 1, p171 

    The article presents case studies of patients who developed nausea, tachycardia, sedation and somnolence following overdose of the drugs riluzole, citalopram, tolperisone, zopiclone, simvastatin, paracetamol and/or bendroflumethiazide.

  • adverse drug reaction.  // Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p49 

    A definition on the medical term "adverse drug reaction" is presented. Adverse drug reaction refers to the unwanted response to a therapeutic drug wherein health professionals are encouraged to report all adverse events related to the situation. The definition is from the "Taber's Cyclopedic...

  • NO MEDICINE IS GOOD MEDICINE �.  // Electronic Ardell Wellness Report (E-AWR);5/9/2003, p1 

    Drug interactions cause serious problems for many users of prescribed and over-the-counter remedies, for a number of reasons. Interactions between drugs are always a potential hazard, and problems occur when one inhibits the enzymes needed to clearanother from the body. This can lead to a...

  • Salbutamol overdose.  // Reactions Weekly;9/23/2006, Issue 1120, p16 

    This article presents a case study involving a three-year-old girl who developed narrow QRS tachycardia following an unintentional overdose of salbutamol. The patient accidentally swallowed salbutamol and was admitted. The heart rate of the patient was 195 beats per minute. The patient was...

  • FIBRATES.  // Complete Guide to Prescription & Nonprescription Drugs 2012;2012, p384 

    The article presents information on antihyperlipidemic drug fibrates, including its dosage, usage, adverse reactions, side effects, precautions when administering, and possible interaction with other drugs and substances.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics