Prescription drugs affect everyone uniquely. How a medication reacts in a young person may be different and even dangerous for a person over 50 years old. Yet doctors often treat the symptom, not the patient. Many physicians don’t realize there’s a list of drugs, called the Beers criteria that warns against many drugs commonly prescribed to older people.
Many drugs treat insomnia and help people get more sleep. However, less evidence exists that older populations benefit from meds like Lunesta. Designed to have a sedative effect on the body, this class of drugs can cause confusion and dizziness. When used in combination with other prescriptions, drugs like Lunesta can be even more dangerous.