It is not uncommon for patients who come to us after going elsewhere, mostly quacks to have multiple medications with them. Most of the time, the medicines will all be non-essential stuff.
Yesterday, I had a patient who sort of broke all records for the number of medicines that he was taking. I counted a total of 21 medications. He has been having fever, cough and breathlessness since the last 2 weeks.
The 21 medicines included 7 multivitamins, 2 antibiotics, 4 anti-histamines, 2 antacids, 2 bronchodilators, 3 NSAIDs and one cough syrup. Interestingly, there was no paracetamol.
Regarding the diagnosis, that would be in my next post . . .