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Table 1 Some sources of patient benefits and harms from polypharmacy

From: Current and future perspectives on the management of polypharmacy

Benefits Outcome
Improved disease management Reduced risk of disease complications and mortality
Optimised medicines management Evidence based prescribing
Harms Consequences
Increased drug interactions Electrolyte disturbances; potentiation of drug effects
Increased risk adverse drug outcomes Patient morbidity and mortality
Inappropriate prescribing and medication errors Unscheduled contacts with healthcare providers
Lack of monitoring Safety risks to patients