The average senior takes two to seven medications daily. As
we age our bodies change, affecting the way medications and foods are absorbed,
distributed, metabolized, and excreted.
All of these can create a greater risk of drug interactions
and side effects. The more medications the care-receiver takes daily, the
easier it is to lose track of how many to take and when they should be taken.
Caregivers should use a medication organizer for their care-receiver.
Consider these tips:
Make sure all of the care-receiver’s doctors and
specialists are aware of what the other is prescribing.
Make sure you understand how and when the
care-receiver is to take all of the medications.
Select over-the-counter products to treat only
symptoms you have. Follow-up with the pharmacist to make sure there will not be
a reaction with other medications you are taking.
Make sure all medications are clearly labeled.
Keep medications in their original containers.
Never take medication in the dark or in poor
Know what your medications look like. If it does
not look right or same, contact the pharmacist before taking.
Only take the amount prescribed for you.
Never take someone else’s medication.
Follow the directions on the container. Do not
stop taking medications just because you feel better.
Use a medication organizer.
Don’t store medications in sunlight or direct
Never store medications in the bathroom. There
is too much moisture.
Use whatever means you can to help your loved
one take medication properly.
Don’t carry medicines next to your body. That can
raise the temperature and cause some medications to break down.
Always get your prescription filled on time so
you don’t run out. Missing even one day can make a difference in the
effectiveness of many medications.
Use one pharmacy for all of your medicines. This
will help ensure that you don’t take conflicting medications.
If you have any questions about your pills, make
sure you ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor of you have any side effects.
Be sure to tell your doctor or pharmacist of any
herbal supplements you are taking. Some herbal supplements can interact with
prescribed medications and cause them to be less effective.
Know the names and doses of the medicines you
Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.
Throw away any medicines that aren’t currently
prescribed to you.
Ask your pharmacist’s advice before crushing or
splitting tablets. Some should only be swallowed whole.
Did you know that drug misuse is one of the
top problems that doctors see in seniors? Did you know that about 320,000 questionable
prescriptions are written for seniors yearly?
Almost 40% if all drug reactions each year involve
seniors. Be responsible. If you have any medication questions be sure to ask
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