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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30411246

Half of women and 43% of men in England are now regularly taking prescription drugs, according to the comprehensive Health Survey for England.

Cholesterol-lowering statins, pain relief and anti-depressants were among the most prescribed medicines.

The report, by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), showed an average of 18.7 prescriptions per person in England in 2013.

The cost to the NHS was in excess of £15bn-a-year.

More than a fifth of men and nearly a quarter of women are taking at least three prescriptions.

All the figures exclude contraceptives and smoking cessation products.

Nearly a third of prescriptions were for cardiovascular disease with more than 65 million prescriptions for tackling high blood pressure, heart failure or cholesterol levels.

Wow staggering stats that nearly 50% of the population are on medication.

I wonder how many really do have "problems in living".

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Is the pill counted as 'prescription' ?

From the quoted article:

All the figures exclude contraceptives and smoking cessation products

So in fact, the actual percentage of people on some kind of drug is much higher.

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Me and sibling both on statins (FHC). Keeps us both from costing money (strokes, heart problems + possible benefits) and keeps us both paying taxes (on the hamster wheel of work).

What's not to love?

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Don't drink tap water.

Just don't.

Yep, get a water distiller and drink purified water instead. I've got one and there's brown stuff left behind after each distillation cycle - if people could see that a lot more people would be put off of tap water.

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Me and sibling both on statins (FHC). Keeps us both from costing money (strokes, heart problems + possible benefits) and keeps us both paying taxes (on the hamster wheel of work).

What's not to love?

Maybe your statins are doing you more harm than good ?

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30411246

Wow staggering stats that nearly 50% of the population are on medication.

I wonder how many really do have "problems in living".

I wonder how many of them actually take or use them all. I know I have mentioned before the friend of ours who had 60 odd prescription items stockpiled in his bathroom. They were gone last time we visited - another friend who was an ex nurse made him chuck them all out.

I doubt very much that he's the only one.

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Hmm well about six months ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism (as measured by TSH levels in the blood) and high cholesterol (I couldn't care less about cholesterol).

Anyway I was prescribed levothyroxine and the Doctor steadily ramped up the dose (I actually felt fine just susceptible to the cold).

Last week I went to tests and the Doctor announced that my thyroid was now in the normal range but 'with my permission' she wants to double the dose as the doses I was on was very small.

Can only assume she is on some bonus scheme and GP's are little more than drug pushers these days.

I refused the statins. There is nothing wrong with my heart. I can't see the case for statins at all.

I only accepted the Levothyroxine as its basically a form of iodine, I think its fair to assume that its possible I had a deficiency. Just a pity the NHS doesn't offer Vit D supplements, that might actually do some good.

The other funny thing is that my thyroid 'illness' (Myxoedema) actually qualified me for an NHS medical exemption card so presciptions for me are now free.

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Hmm well about six months ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism (as measured by TSH levels in the blood) and high cholesterol (I couldn't care less about cholesterol).

Anyway I was prescribed levothyroxine and the Doctor steadily ramped up the dose (I actually felt fine just susceptible to the cold).

Last week I went to tests and the Doctor announced that my thyroid was now in the normal range but 'with my permission' she wants to double the dose as the doses I was on was very small.

The usual cause for hypothyroidism in the UK is damage to the thyroid gland so that it fails to produce levothyroxine. Deficiency of iodine is pretty uncommon in the UK, as salt is almost universally fortified with iodine.

The problem is that once the damage sets in, it only ever gets worse, until the gland stops functioning completely. The general recommendation is to slightly over-treat at first, as the problem only ever gets worse, and it's preferable to over treat slightly, rather than risk under-treatment (as the harm from under-treatment is greater).

This is the reason for the prescription exemption - it never gets better, and the health risks of not treating it are substantial.

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Hypothyroidism. If you normalise your thyroid hormones first, your cholesterol levels might sort themselves out afterwards, saving yourself from taking statins.

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/hypothyroidism-underactive-thyroid-leaflet

Yes indeed, that was the reason I gave for refusing statins

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The margins on drugs, I'm guessing, is now quite small due to patents expiring, and many drugs going generic. Even Viagra is generic now, and I think it was like £20 a tablet, now the generic is £2.50. So the drug industry is facing some deflationary pressures which I guess will have to be stemmed by increasing volume (the NHS can afford it?) And cutting costs.

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Maybe your statins are doing you more harm than good ?

I'll take my chances with the statins, thanks. I don't want to end up like my mother's family (where the familial hypercholesterolaemia is inherited from) - dead in middle age or living semi-paralysed by strokes for ten years.

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I'll take my chances with the statins, thanks. I don't want to end up like my mother's family (where the familial hypercholesterolaemia is inherited from) - dead in middle age or living semi-paralysed by strokes for ten years.

Should I be on statins?

I'm several years older than my dad was when he had a big heart attack that would've killed him if he'd been alone with noone to ring the ambulance. He recovered, and 40 years (of pills and low-cholesterol diet) later is very well for his age.

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