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CDC: 1 in 5 adults take at least 5 prescription medications

(CNN) – How many prescription drugs do you take? If it’s a lot – you’re not alone.

A new Centers for Disease Control study shows most adults aged 40 to 79 took at least one prescription drug in the past month, and one in five took at least five.

So what pills are people taking?

For the younger half of the group, it’s mostly anti-depressants, ace inhibitors- which are used to lower blood pressure and treat migraines- and cholesterol-lowering drugs.

For the older set, cholesterol-lowering drugs continue to be a favorite, but also anti-diabetic medications and beta-blockers- another class of drugs used to lower blood pressure.

The study shows women take more prescription drugs than men.


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