Managing multiple medications is a difficult task, especially for people over the age of 65 who take 2-7 prescription drugs a day on average. As you begin taking more prescription drugs, accidents like skipping a dose, overdosing, or taking it with something you shouldn’t can cause dangerous side effects.
Keeping track of all your medications can get complicated. How and when you take medications, the foods and beverages you consume with them, and even where you store your pills play an important role in your health. Here are 3 essential tips to help you better manage your medication, from Everyday Health:
Know Your Medication Facts:
Educate yourself on the type of medication you have been prescribed. Ask your doctor or pharmacist questions about what you’re taking to get a good understanding on their purpose, possible side effects, how and when you should take them, and anything else that you need to know – even what to do when you skip a dose by accident.
Make a List:
Create a running list of all your prescription medications, over-the- counter drugs, herbal supplements and vitamins you take. Bring it with you to all of your doctor’s appointments, any time you go to the hospital and to your pharmacy. If possible, opt to visit the same pharmacy every time your fill a prescription, so that they can easily find records and be on the lookout for potential interactions or medication side effects.
Don’t Take a Day Off:
It is extremely important to take your pills as prescribed. Using a daily pill case will help indicate if you have taken your medication each day. Another easy way to avoid forgetting is to take your pills at the same time every day. By associating taking your medication with your daily routine, it will become a habit. Try taking your pills right before your daily walk, when you brush your teeth or at the start of your favorite program.