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Old 01-05-2013, 07:33 PM   #41
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YES!!!! Gumby baby.

In answer to the question - one pill daily for thyroid. And a daily vitamin D tab 'cause my good doc says I'm low. Probably should head to Florida or Hawaii to correct that whole vitamin D situation.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:37 PM   #42
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YES!!!! Gumby baby.

In answer to the question - one pill daily for thyroid. And a daily vitamin D tab 'cause my good doc says I'm low. Probably should head to Florida or Hawaii to correct that whole vitamin D situation.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:45 PM   #43
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I'm a pharmacist. you guys are nothing compared to some people i've dealt with.


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Old 01-05-2013, 07:51 PM   #44
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Multivitamin
Vitamin C
Glucosamine/chondroitin
Fish oil
Vitamin D only in winter
The only one I can seriously claim is worthwhile is the gluco/chon pills. After skipping them for a week or two, I get knee pain when running or climbing stairs.

No scrips. Mid 60s. My doc had me on statins and two other scrips but I did my own research and dropped them all over two years ago. When the doc looked at my improved lab numbers he agreed with me. Learn about your body chemistry and prescribe for yourself as much as possible.
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I'm a pharmacist. you guys are nothing compared to some people i've dealt with.

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I worked as a retail pharmacy tech in college. There was a man who used to come in and slam down this huge stack of prescriptions for us to fill then waited on the sofa. One day, the pharmacist looked at me and said, "man, why not just prescribe a sledgehammer?".
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None, until about 50. Then it started.... Now I'm taking five.
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Daily (if I remember to take them)

One 20 Mg pill for slightly high blood pressure.
One small baby aspirin,
One vitamin D capsule,
Two ibuprofen for the arthritis that sometimes flares up.

BP goes up and down based on weight gain/loss. New hip implant slowed me down on the running regiment.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:29 PM   #49
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Zero and I turn 62 in a few days. Good living I guess. I do eat an apple a day, lots of salads and vegetables and walk 3 miles every day and sometimes a 10-14 mile bike ride.
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1 for blood pressure.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:33 PM   #52
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At 55, I am on two.

One for thyroid and one for cholesterol. Father died at 50 of a heart attack, so doctor wanted my cholesterol lower than it was (I was around 200). I tried to get it lower myself over 2 years with exercise....but it didnt work. I finally gave up and took the statin.

Also take B-12 and D3. Need to get a multi-vitamin back in....but those pills are so damn big. Same problem with calcium.... I need to find those chocolate and PB discs. I could force those down

I am entertaining the thought of glucosamine. I have trouble with one knee. Had surgey to remove a "floatie" and plica - but I still have pain. Doctor suggested glucosamine....but I seem to enjoy complaining more right now. I may have to give it a shot at some point, though.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:38 PM   #53
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Prescription drug use by age.... Charts
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/19/he...h/19stats.html

After age 65, we started listening to our doctor.

Still here.

And what you have to look forward to... Statistics
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/older_americans.htm
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Zero at age 57, but i wonder how long that may last, too.

I am seriously derelict at having tests (cholesterol was last checked about 15 years ago, as an example).

Feel great (beer helps). Hopefully. this good run will last.

I have taken vitamins, probiotics, Caltrate-D, when the mood hits....not in many months. Am visiting a locally-famous intuit this month for some minor ailments.

This was not the question, but a plant-based diet seems to take care of most of my nuisances.
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Age 63. Currently zero, but just started taking a joint supplement (in liquid form) about a month ago hoping it will help my knee. Any testimonials for joint stuff out there ?
We both have OA, and take TripleFlex (Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM), which is expensive, and I'm not sure if it's worthwhile or not. Some people swear by/at it (DW included). A while back, I found this: Glucosamine and Chondroitin for Arthritis: Benefit is Unlikely

I went off of it for several months, couldn't discern any difference, then went back on it. Still no discernable difference. Still thinking about it saving the money for my half.

I recently found this site, but haven't had time to peruse it sufficiently to tell how biased it may or may not be: Buyers Guide to Joint Supplements

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I currently take 15 pills a day and was wondering how I compare with others.
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As many folks have observed, I spoze it depends on what you consider a "pill" -- just prescriptions, or supplements too, and there are a few gray areas I won't go into....

I suffered a rather nasty unforseen bout of IBS in my 40s, and since then, my ability to absorb some nutrients is diminished, and my immune system compromised, so I probably take more supplements than some folks. I also have PN, which I treat with supplements only.

As far as prescriptions, I have a few, but only one that I don't take on an "as-needed" basis (some only a few times a year), so again, how do you count those?

Supplement-wise, pill count is probably 12-15/day -- I've never actually counted, but enough that I use an organizer to keep them straight.

I recall an old rule of thumb that if you're taking less than one (including supplements) for every year over 35, you're ahead of the curve.

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Zero and I turn 62 in a few days. Good living I guess. I do eat an apple a day, lots of salads and vegetables and walk 3 miles every day and sometimes a 10-14 mile bike ride.
Guessing your diet got even better after the loss of the twinkie
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45yo. 3 meds/day since my 20's. I take them first thing in the morning all at once. I usually take an aspirin or Aleve everyday and occasionally have other meds to take but it's those 3 (synthroid, adalat, plaquenil) that keep me humming along.

In my 20's I had a friend ask me if I resented having to take meds everyday. I thought it was a very odd question. I didn't and don't resent taking medications. I want to live forever!
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Age 58, and I take one very low dose ACE inhibitor twice a day for borderline hypertension. I also take a Vit. D-3 OTC supplement, 2000 iu in the summer and 4000 in the winter.

Once in a great while I might take an ibuprofen tablet for a mild headache or low back pain.
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