Managing your medications is difficult as any age, but especially for senior adults. As you age, you are often times on many different medications, the names of the medicines are complex, you have to remember to take the medications at different times, plus the small labels make it challenging to read the instructions… and these are just a few reasons why it becomes more difficult.
Here are some helpful tips on how to manage your medications:
- Do not take medications that are prescribed for someone else.
- Create a complete list of current medications (including prescription and over the counter medications, herbal remedies and vitamins). It is important to keep this list with you at all times in the event of an emergency. Review your medications for discrepancies and always be sure to update your list. Show your list of current medications to your doctor and pharmacist so they can review and keep you from combining drugs inappropriately.
- Know the name of each of your medicines, why you take it, how to take it, potential side effects and what foods or other things to avoid while taking it.
- Take medications exactly as instructed.
- Do not stop or change medicines without your doctor’s approval, even if you are feeling better. If you miss a dose, do not double the next dose later.
- Use a chart or container system (medication planner) to help you remember what kind, how much and when to take medicine.
If you are having trouble managing your medications or have recently started new medications, please be sure you speak with your physician about having a home health nurse come out to your home to assist you. Click here to learn more about home health.
Be safe and take!
Your Kare In Home Team