Infographic: Medication Safety for Older Adults
Prescription and over-the-counter drugs help us manage health conditions, control pain, and preserve our overall health. They are powerful substances, so it’s important to take them correctly. Following your doctor’s recommendations helps you get the most out of your medications. Check out some medication safety tips in this infographic:
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Medication Safety for Older Adults
Medications help older adults manage their health conditions. The drugs we take need managing, as well!
When your doctor prescribes a new medication, ask …
- What is it for?
- Do I really need it?
- How should it be taken?
- For how long should I take it?
- What are possible side effects?
- How should I store it?
Ask your primary doctor to review all your medications.
- Include drugs prescribed by all your doctors.
- Bring in your pill bottles or a list.
- Include over-the-counter drugs.
- Don’t forget supplements.
- Discuss side effects.
- Ask if each drug is still needed.
Medication Safety at Home
Create a reminder system. This could be a …
- Pill box
- Smartphone app
Do use a single pharmacy if possible.
Do dispose of unneeded or expired drugs safely.
Do keep medicines out of the reach of children.
Don’t discontinue a drug without your doctor’s OK.
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