I know of an elderly woman in a care facility, taking 25 different medications.
There is no way in hell all of those meds were ever tested together. There are some standard items, but when you begin to mix a bunch of "mood meds", anti depressant type medications, is it no wonder this person has lost functionality.
The nasty brew, has left the elderly woman in somewhat of a stupor. She has a hard time getting words out-- with slurred speech, or worse, garbled syllables. Trying to speak, but unable to get the words out.
This woman is my Mother. my sister has Power of Attorney, so she has the final say on everything. I finally got a hold of my Mom's med list, and she is on a medication that has a FDA black box warning, saying it is not to be used for people with her condition. The Black box warning is the highest warning level, and this medication just happened to be one of the biggest whistleblower pharmaceutical med issue, that caused a huge class action lawsuit. It resulted in a large payout, and the so-called black box warning. Eli Lilly drug company settled the lawsuit for $1.42 billion.
But here's the thing, because my Mom is in memory care, she has no say over the matter.
Frankly when you are over drugged, you don't necessarily know it, and in her case, even if she said something, it is her Power of Attorney who has the final word.
So, make darned sure whomever you appoint as Power of Attorony is the kind of person who would take 10 minutes to research meds on the internet, to see if there is a major red flag.
Also, make sure your POA is not the kind of person who is OK with having you drugged into a stupor because it is easier for them. Worse, when I questioned the med that said it is not to be prescribed to people w this condition, I was given this predictable response-- Are YOU a pharmacologist or a Doctor? But guess what? Neither is she, so under this line of thinking, she is not qualified to approve such decisions either.
Anyway, since working directly with the person in charge was not an option, I went over her head & spoke with the Doctor. He looked at the list & said "I hate messy med regimens".
Hooray! The Doctor agrees this cauldron of meds is a mess. He also said they have to titrate (slowly lower the dose) to take someone off any of these meds, but there is a ray of hope.