With age, the list of prescription medications for seniors can grow as does the risk of side-effects. We have come up with some useful tips to ensure that your loved ones can easily overcome any medication related challenges.
- Medication checklist: It is essential to create a list of all the medication your loved ones consume during the day. The list should include the names, frequency, purpose and in some cases the expiration date of the medication. This way caregivers and family members can keep better track of their loved one’s health. The list can also come in handy in case of an emergency where hospital physicians need your parent’s medication details.
- Be mindful of medication reactions: Doctors and pharmacists should know about existing medications that a senior has been prescribed, before add new ones. This helps to ensure that your loved ones are only prescribed those that will not have any adverse reactions with existing ones, therefore avoiding any adverse reactions.
- Never change the dosage without consulting a doctor: Changing the dosage of prescribed medications abruptly and without consulting a doctor can be dangerous. Sometimes, changing the dosage or even the schedule of certain drugs, can lead to the development of adverse conditions. It’s always advisable to strictly adhere to the prescribed times and the right dosage for all medication.
- Store medication as directed: Always check the expiration dates of medications when purchasing them and also before disposing them off. Another important step is to make sure that medications are stored in a cool and dry place. Avoid storing medications in a bathroom, as the moisture may spoil them. Finally, safely dispose of any old prescriptions that are no longer in use.
These simple steps can help ensure that your loved ones stay safe by minimizing any potential risks arising out of medication mismanagement.