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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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(Medicine) the act or instance of medicating unnecessarily or excessively
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Bone loss, overmedication, somnolence, weight loss, and non-adherence to a medication regimen leading to exacerbation of chronic conditions may be associated with aging and may not reflect abuse (Stark, 2012).
To make a long thesis short, my only two choices now are to die from overmedication or to stop taking them all.
Texas has instituted massive reforms to prevent the overmedication of foster children.
Societal stresses such as job demands, information overload, multitasking, social pressure, strained relationships, breakdown in social structure, diet, processed foods, environmental insults, and overmedication all contribute to our modern stress.
Patients whose physical mobility is limited by pain should be medicated before any attempt at therapy, but overmedication must be avoided to ensure patients are not too sleepy during physical therapy.
African American family members' grave concerns about the use of medication with their children included possible differential effects of psychotropic medications based on biological factors, questions about overmedication, use of drug therapy as the only treatment intervention, and fears about possible racist experimentation.
Caregivers can be an invaluable source to supply current and accurate information so that treatment can be delivered without negative effects on the individual, such as drug interactions or overmedication. Medicines that reduce pain can also produce effects that impair the individual.