I fear getting old for a lot of reasons, one of which is all the pills I see older people taking. I have no phobia of swallowing large horse sized pills, I just don't take medication. I used to (many moons ago) be on "the pill", but now rarely take anything. I don't take (although maybe I should) weight loss pills, I don't take any sort of multi-vitamin (and my Step Mom scolds me every time the subject comes up), and I take aspirin, maybe, 2 times a year. I just don't take medicine, and fortunately don't have too.
I get a little weirded out thinking about all the different meds that some people take. How do they know how the meds will interact with each other? I know that's up to the Doctor's to figure out, but why put so much trust in someone else? It scares me.
For instance, My FIL has been having some dizzy spells and couldn't get right in to see his doctor and couldn't even get him on the phone (maybe having something to do with my distrust). He's a heart patient for pete's sake, and can't get his doc on the phone? Anyway, a friend with similar ailments told him to reduce one of his meds to half a tablet and he did...and the dizzy spells stopped. It should be interesting to hear what the doctor has to say when he finally gets to see him this week.