What are potentially harmful medications?

The medications that were good in the beginning might not be good now

Medications are essential in treating disease, relieving symptoms and prolonging life, but they must be used wisely. Some medications become unnecessary when they are taken for longer than they are needed. Other medications can become harmful when they are likely to cause more harm than good.


What potentially harmful medications are used in our province?

Compared to the rest of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador has some of the highest use of these 3 potentially harmful medications:

  • Proton pump inhibitors (also called PPIs), which are medications used for heartburn and reflux.

  • Sleeping pills

  • Painkillers (e.g. opioids)

Over the next three years, we will be providing education and tools for patients and healthcare professionals. These resources will make it easier to identify if one of your medications can be safely stopped.


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