Medication Safety

As we age, medications can cause different reactions in our bodies. Many times this can lead to a fall. Prescription and over-the-counter medications can become quite tricky when more are added into the mix. ‘People who take four or more prescription drugs have a greater risk of falling than do people who take fewer drugs’ (NIH Senior Health)

Here are some tips on how to stay safe with your medications:

  1. Keep a Medication List – Keep one on your fridge and one in your purse or wallet. That way if an emergency was to occur, they would be able to take take of you properly. Make sure it is up to date!!

  2. Take Medication as Prescribed – Always read the labels and talk to your doctor and pharmacist if you have any questions. If you are switching from one brand to another – the dosing might be different!

  3. Be aware of Potential Interactions – Some medications do not mix well with other medications, vitamins, supplements or even grapefruit! This is another great reason to always talk to your doctor about the medications you are on before adding another.

  4. Review Medications with your Physician – And do it often! Once a year check with your doctor to confirm you still need to be taking the medication and the same dosing.

Ten Medications Older Adults Should Avoid or Use with Caution

 

**Always talk to your doctor before starting, stopping or switching any medications, vitamins or supplements***

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