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Rationalising medications through deprescribing

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 07 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l570

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Re: Rationalising medications through deprescribing

This article over-complicates a relative simple issue.

Deprescribing is ideally suited to general practice. Some but not all patients are enthusiastic about trying to reduce the number of medications they take.

The golden rules are to take the long term view, arrange review and never stop or reduce the dosage of more than one drug at a time.

Competing interests: No competing interests

18 February 2019
Peter Selley
Retired GP
Crediton, Devon