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Side Effects Limit Prescription Drug Compliance
Date:7/10/2013

PITTSBURGH, July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- While prescription drug use is on the rise, medication side effects are discouraging Americans from following their prescribed treatment plans – even as many of them are not aware they can treat some common side effect with over-the-counter healthcare products according to a new survey by Wakefield Research for Biotene.

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The findings from the survey of 1,040 Americans show that over half (52%) of those surveyed who are currently taking a prescribed medication have stopped or wanted to stop taking a medication due to side effects like dry mouth. And nearly 1 in 3 (31%) adults have completely stopped taking a medication because of the side effects. Specifically, 21% of those who have ever wanted to stop taking a medication said it was because they were experiencing dry mouth. Dry mouth is one of the most common side effects of medications. Many common medications can cause dry mouth or list it as a side effect, like antidepressants, antianxiety, antihistamines, antipsychotics along with the commonly used medications for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol.

With 50% of Americans on a prescription drug, it is likely that many people are experiencing this condition. When patients take more medication, they increase their risk of dry mouth. They have a 35% increased risk for dry mouth when they are on 3 or more medications. This can be minimized by pharmacists talking to their patients about side effect symptom management.

"Patients head to the pharmacy to get their prescriptions filled, but sometimes pharmacists and patients miss an important opportunity to talk about medication side effects," said Sharon Joseph, senior brand manager, Biotene. "By taking the time to
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