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tr.v. o·ver·med·i·cat·ed, o·ver·med·i·cat·ing, o·ver·med·i·cates
To medicate (a patient) excessively.

o′ver·med′i·ca′tion n.
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vb (tr)
(Medicine) to medicate unnecessarily or excessively
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Every week, more than 179,000 people, mostly the elderly living with dementia, become victims of poor practice, according to the study, titled "'They Want Docile': How Nursing Homes in the United States Overmedicate People with Dementia."
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* Check the active ingredient(s) of any medication you take to ensure you don't overmedicate.
Many players may have difficulty for getting asleep and may complain about diffident pain in their bodies but as all of it could be more psychological, refuse to overmedicate them.
Joyce (Alison Steadman) is panicky that she won't get home in time for her granddaughter's first Christmas and Joyce and Maureen accidentally overmedicate Carol.
Carol (Paula Wilcox) has a panic attack, Joyce and Maureen (a scene-stealing Stephanie Beacham) accidentally overmedicate her and Trevor (James Smith) gets caught unwittingly trying to smuggle Rude Santas.
Carol (Paula Wilcox) has a panic attack, and Joyce and Maureen (a scene-stealing Stephanie Beacham) accidentally overmedicate her.
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I'm kind of conflicted because I don't want to overmedicate my child; however, if the medication is going to help him and if it's something that's going to be very beneficial to him, then I'm all for it.
A nurse stated, "We have some very close-minded individuals in which they worry about addiction." Another nurse continued by saying, "I feel that there are some nurses that are afraid to overmedicate." These perceptions can affect quality pain management.
Maybe the answer lies in his distinctive atmosphere: most of Dee's key characters are so cool, so jaded, so 'whatever'--it's like they overmedicate." MAUREEN CORRIGAN
Liver damage may occur at recommended doses, as seen with the Swedish man, or in people who unintentionally overmedicate with acetaminophen.