It is with great pleasure that I introduce:
Polypharmacy, the state of being on multiple (too many) medications, is an increasingly recognized problem. Though variably defined, everyone agrees that polypharmacy leads to dangerous consequences for patients, particularly in the elderly.
It is so much easier to start than to stop a medication. Now, there is help!
An incredible team, mostly from British Columbia, many of whom I'm had the pleasure of working with, have developed this superb resource. MedStopper is an online tool to help stop medications for patients.
Aimed at clinicians, this deprescribing aid allows you to created a medication list, suggests which medications need to be stopped first, and advises the safest way to go about stopping them.
Smiley/frowny faces show you the extent to which the medicine: may improve symptoms, may reduce risk for future illness, and may cause harm. If the patient is considered frail, the recommendations are adjusted accordingly.
Not sure if you (or your patients) are on too many medications? Use the Rxisk questionnaire.
Try out MedStopper today and be sure to use the feedback section to let the team know if there are any glitches or errors.
Congratulations to the group on creating this hands-on, easy to use, and practice changing tool.