Geriatric medicine has always fascinated me. I wanted to gain more experience with complex cases of the growing population of the elderly with comorbidities and polypharmacy. Therefore, I decided to pursue my last medical internship at the geriatric medicine department. Evaluating my first patient I realized how easy it is for a (soon to be) doctor to think a patient current medication would not need any alternations. After all, all drugs are all prescribed for a reason. As you would figure, I was too, naïve. When I discussed the first patient with my supervisor I was confronted with the question: “What is the indication to continue this drug?” To be honest, I had no idea. I knew what the indications were of certain drugs, but I did not look into the indications for which this specific drug was prescribed to this patient. It seemed quite straightforward to me: this patient had pregabalin, marketed under the brand name Lyrica
, so she was probably suffering from neuropathic pain.