En­joy­ing life on a dozen pills each day

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Tom Witherow

TOM Waters, 8 , takes up to 1 medicines ev­ery day, one of which is sim­ply to help him stom­ach the other pills.

These in­clude naproxen, for arthritic pain, ramipril, to con­trol blood pres­sure, and amitripty­line, to re­lax his mus­cles at night so he can go to sleep.

The re­tired elec­tri­cian from Ap­ple­dore in North Devon is able to lead an ac­tive life, go­ing to a fit­ness club ev­ery week and walk­ing a mile ev­ery day.

Mr Waters said the medicine made him con­fi­dent to live his life fully, which he said was im­por­tant af­ter the loss of his wife Liz, 80, in Au­gust this year, to vas­cu­lar de­men­tia. The pills, he said, al­low him to get out of the house and eat and drink as he likes.

But Mr Waters, who has three daugh­ters and five grand­chil­dren, agrees that doc­tors too read­ily pre­scribe new medicines. The ma­jor­ity of his 1 dif­fer­ent tablets are for rou­tine ail­ments as­so­ci­ated with old age, such as high blood pres­sure, pain from arthri­tis and chest pain.

He said: ‘Get­ting the medicine gives you con­fi­dence. If you’ve gone through the day and for­got­ten to take your medicine that re­ally reg­is­ters. I would say we do take too many medicines. You go up to the surgery and they would find you a new tablet you’re not cur­rently tak­ing.

‘They say take parac­eta­mol ev­ery three hours, maybe if I say I’ve got a dodgy shoul­der, but that is fob­bing you off.

‘The medicines have steadily in­creased as I’ve got older. I was go­ing quite well un­til I re­tired aged 7 . You do lose strength in your body.’

He also takes parac­eta­mol (for arthri­tis), am­lodip­ine (blood pres­sure), as­pirin (blood thin­ner), Che­my­dur (angina), Mono­max (angina), ben­zy­damine (mouth ul­cers), al­lop­uri­nol (gout), hy­drox­y­car­bamide (platelet dis­or­der) and omepra­zole (stom­ach acid).

Pills: Tom Waters with late wife Liz

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