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Consumer Health Resources: Polypharmacy and Deprescribing

This page will serve as a resource for members and care givers of the Western New York community interested in consumer health information.
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2024 11:12 AM


Health Sciences Librarians do not provide medical advice or recommend healthcare practitioners. Patients should discuss their health situation with their healthcare providers.

Definition of Polypharmacy and Deprescribing

Polypharmacy refers to the concurrent use of numerous prescription drugs, or to the use of prescription drugs that are not medically essential. Polypharmacy may increase an individual's risk for health complications and drug side effects.

Deprescribing is the process of evaluating one's prescription drug intake in order to potentially reduce use and minimize risk. 

For other information about drugs, medication and supplements, see the Drugs, Medication and Supplements tab. 

Polypharmacy and Deprescribing Resources

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