Who Takes Most Meds?

NamVet - 21894
By NamVet - 21894 Latest Reply 2009-01-20 04:58:54 -0600
Started 2008-10-01 02:32:06 -0500

I take 28 differnt Meds a day, not pills, Meds. I take 34 pills a day!

42 replies

caragypsy 2008-12-29 20:23:04 -0600 Report

I am taking 38 pills a day plus 4 as needed and a pain patch every 3 days. Cara

Mustanggirl63 2009-01-20 04:58:54 -0600 Report

Wow I thought I was taking alot! I cuurently take 7 regular meds but I am taking two extra pills for pain after an injury. BelieveIt or not I didn't start taking anything until I reached 42 years of age (almost 43!). Then I had a stent paced then 1 month later open gallbladder surgery with gangreen and the 3rd bullet…diabetes. I guess I should be thankful to only have 7 to deal with! God bless those of you with multiple med.

JANET - 23543
JANET - 23543 2008-12-29 06:31:39 -0600 Report


Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-12-29 11:35:42 -0600 Report

Recently, because my blood pressure was getting to be too low and I felt faint, when I stood, I tried to convince my doc to lower my blood rpessure meds. He wouldn't do so, and said I needed to remain on them. However, I thought he was wrong so discontinued the diurectic on my own. Within a day my blood pressure increased by 20 points, both distolic and systolic, though I didn't develop any edema. I learned my lesson very quickly. Evene though I may not taking all those meds, they do serve a purpose.

mike67 2008-12-29 00:25:05 -0600 Report

hey you have me beat by a ways. i take 3 diabetic meds,two pain meds, one blood pressure,one depression med, one virus med,one muscle relaxer med,and one nerve med.

LANGLEY 2008-10-13 04:44:56 -0500 Report

I take 11 meds daily that add up to 19 pills and beyatta. sometime I get sick from the meds. anyone else has that problem and any suggestions on what to do about it?

NamVet - 21894
NamVet - 21894 2008-10-08 00:34:05 -0500 Report

Wow, Ica't believe in the 34 replies how many pills. So think of the millions in America Averaging just 20 pills??? What a gimmick.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-10-06 05:17:15 -0500 Report

Daily I take 11 prescribed drugs, and 30 pills. I've been taking estrogen for over 28 years and won't give it up. Besides the usual diabetes, cholesterol and hyptertension regulators, I take Topamax for migraines. It works, for me. To see what supplements I really need, I relie on the website through Oregon State University done by the Linus Pauling Institute. They are pretty straight-forward with the information, and aren't trying to sell anything.

Muffet 2008-10-06 08:29:39 -0500 Report

How do you keep motivated to keep taking all your meds? I haven't counted how many I take, but it's much less than 34 pills a day. I'm also anemic and need to take a liquid med that I keep in the frig. It's so easy to ignore it and I do, but it sure doesn't help my anemia and fatigue. Some days, I just want to skip all meds and pretend I'm super healthy. I fight with my doctor every time she wants to add another med. Then I get blood tests way out of whack and I finally agree to take the med. It's such a vicious cycle as I have 5-6 doctors prescribing me different meds. Monday blues, I guess.

sparkysmom 2008-10-06 12:57:25 -0500 Report

I have 7 Drs myself. My Pharmacist has caught non mixing meds more than once until I dropped an old one.. I have had the same Pharmacist for 15 years now. I followed her from Walgreens to Kroger I liked her so much. With my Drs now I haven't had a problem with meds not mixing.

seawolf1944 2008-10-06 13:30:48 -0500 Report

Oh my!!!
I feel very fortunate. I take 3 prescribed mds plus 1(1000 mg fish oil capsule in morning, 1 fish oil capsule at noon,3 prescribed meds(plus i fish oil capsule before evening meal plus a prescribed med before bed time. i take 2 Garlic tablets and one vinegar tablet per day.I pray for good health for all regardless of amount of medications.John

Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-10-06 14:37:01 -0500 Report

I divide my pills into AM and PM, and rely on the pharmacist and docs (5 of them) to tell the truth about interactions. I also research things pretty carefully. Anemia is one of my conditions, and I cannot follow Toma's diet because I need the red animal meats regularly, as I do not absorb iron supplements. While I have no problem with the AM and PM regieme, (or with spelling it), No matter how good my intentions are, even if prescribed, meds to be taken in the afternoon remain in their little cup on the kitchen counter.

sparkysmom 2008-10-06 04:46:17 -0500 Report

Thanks Nam I don't feel so bad now. I take (for all medical problems) 17 every day, 3 as needed. OOPSIE forgot my inhaler.

Bluebutterfly 2008-10-06 04:50:56 -0500 Report

I thought I was on a lot of meds I have 20 different pills but I take 9 extra pills.Thats too dang much medicines . After I read all these replies I know why the drug stores love us.lol

sexyswamprat 2008-10-04 12:04:46 -0500 Report

Wow, some of these numbers are amazing. I am so sorry that some are suffering so much that all these meds are nessecary. But so glad that they available. Are any of the really high numbers including vitamins and what not?

Avera 2008-10-01 16:07:23 -0500 Report

OPPS!!! I forgot the inhaler. I do that 4 times a day.

Petrea 2008-10-01 18:32:59 -0500 Report

I take 30 pills a day and 2 insulin shots a day. I am very lucky though because I have the Medicare D prescription plan and I am in the catastrophic stage which means the insurance pays for all of it through the end of the year.

SweeTiePie - 23354
SweeTiePie - 23354 2008-10-01 14:27:29 -0500 Report

I take 25 pills of 14 different meds every and more on days when pain is worse than normal, for diabetes, parkinson's, congestive heart failure, high cholesterol, bladder control, headaches from meningioma. It is no doubt the pharmaceutical companies are where most of my money goes. Some arent eligible for co-pay and it is real struggle to keep up at times.

Ginetteb 2008-10-01 13:27:55 -0500 Report

My niece graduated last May and she is now a Doctor of Pharmacy. The day after graduation she had an offer from a Drug Store Chain. Her starting salary is $125,000.00 a year for 30 hours per week. Now you know why she is paid so much money. We are all supporting her and all the others. Imagine what the salary of executives who work at the Drug Company itself. Somebody is getting rich and it isn't us.

NamVet - 21894
NamVet - 21894 2008-10-01 11:43:10 -0500 Report

I see who is making money, by the reply's. The Drug company's…

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-10-01 11:51:05 -0500 Report

You said that right. My procrit is almost $2ooo and guess what I told my md if he don't pay for it I can't take it. A day later, the company is giving it to me. Also My md's also give me alot of samples from their offices. It helps alot when you don't have drug insurance.
Just my insulin and the needle caps are $$$

NamVet - 21894
NamVet - 21894 2008-10-01 13:12:53 -0500 Report


Wow, Ouch!!!
I get everything free as i am a Disabled Veteran from Vietnam. I figured I already paid for them!!

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-10-01 13:17:57 -0500 Report

Your absolutely right. You served our country. I am proud of you and glad to have met you on this site. It nice to know we have all the friends here to pick us up when were down. Thank you…Debe

Goddess 2008-10-01 08:16:46 -0500 Report

I take the same amount as you do.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2008-10-01 09:08:38 -0500 Report


Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-10-01 09:46:49 -0500 Report

Dan, That not my will to beat you, I want off them all if I can. Its like a job.(LOL) I know I'll be on the transplant drugs the rest of my life but wants I start using my pump and the anemia goes away I looking a little less meds on my list.

2catty 2008-10-01 07:48:38 -0500 Report

wow! I thought I took alot. You got me beat, I tell everybody I take a bowl of pills every day, but your bowl is bigger. It gets tiresome doesn't it?

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-10-01 06:20:01 -0500 Report

I take 14 at 8 am
I take 6 at 12pm
I take 4 at 5pm
I take 8 at 8pm
4 shot aday until I start using the pump in about 8 days
2 shot of procrit A MONTH
VITAMIN D once a month.
This is mostly meds for my transplant…

JANET - 23543
JANET - 23543 2008-10-01 05:58:20 -0500 Report


GabbyPA 2008-10-01 05:29:24 -0500 Report

That is incredible. I used to think my husband took a lot of meds. He only takes 3 orals, and 2 in his pump. Wow, how do you keep them all straight and make sure they don't interact badly? I take a bunch of supplements and herbs, but no meds right now.

Lanore 2008-10-01 05:19:18 -0500 Report

Wow Nam…You have me beat by a mile…lol. I take 8 different pills for HBP & B/S & Chol. Than I take some 6 different vitamins as well. I also take two pain meds, so lets see guess that's 10 meds all together. Lanore :-)