Ask any family member caring for an elderly parent with dementia about the number of medications prescribed and it’s likely to be quite a few. It is important to know what someone is prescribed and what for. A new study shows that roughly 20% of medications are prescribed “off label”. You can read an article discussing the study here.
“Off label” refers to prescribing medications for uses other than what the FDA has approved a drug for. Despite what the FDA approves a specific drug to treat, doctors may prescribe drugs for anything – approved or not. This practice is obviously not a problem per se, however, it might be more difficult for a consumer to learn about a drug’s pros and cons if it is being prescribed “off label”.
It is important to discuss medications with a doctor. Learn what risks, if any, a drug’s use entails.