Medication Safety Tips for Seniors

Medication Safety Tips for Seniors 

Especially Those Living Alone

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By staying aware of medication safety guidelines, you can avoid complications and other issues. Did you know that simply storing your medications in the wrong spot at home can affect them? 

Use these
medication safety tips to stay organized and healthy:

 

1.     
Educate yourself
about your medications.
The first step to medication safety is understanding
why and how you have to take every pill.

 

·        
Turn
to your doctor and pharmacist for advice. They can help you understand the role
each medication plays in helping you. They can also help you schedule your
medications and inform you of any foods to avoid while taking it.

 

·        
It’s important to ask questions and keep a list of
every pill you take.
Write down what your doctor or pharmacist tells you
and keep it in a safe place.

 

2.     
Check your
medications at the pharmacy.
Before you take your medicine home, take
a moment to talk to your pharmacist. Cases of incorrect dosages and wrong pills
are on the rise, so you want to ensure your prescription is filled correctly.

 

·        
Check that both the dosage and type of medication are
correct.

The wrong pills can create a serious reaction that sends you to the hospital.

 

3.     
Know the side
effects.

By knowing the side effects of each medication, you can watch for any
abnormalities in the way your body reacts to the medicine and seek help if you
need to.

 

4.     
Know the proper
storage techniques.

Some medications are highly sensitive to temperature changes while others can’t
be exposed to the sun.

 

·        
Talk
to your pharmacist or doctor about storage tips for your drugs. They can
recommend places in your home that will keep the medications at an opportune
temperature. 

 

5.     
Organize your
medications carefully.
Pill organizers are a popular way to store
medications at home, but you have other options.

 

·        
You
may want to consider a customized pill organizer that lists your medications’
names and other information above the compartments. You can find organizers from
a variety of retailers.

 

·        
Pill
packs are an alternative to traditional plastic organizers. They’re individual
packs that contain all of the pills you need to take in one day. The exterior
of the pack can list the date and type of medication. They’re available from
multiple pharmacies and can help you track your pills.

 

·        
It’s crucial to have organized medications. Not only
do they make it easier for you, but they also help you avoid medication errors
that can cause serious harm.

 

6.     
Avoid changing
your dosage on your own.
Although you may feel better, it’s important to talk
to your doctor before changing a drug dosage. Changing the dosage or stopping a
drug can lead to withdrawal symptoms or even health emergencies.

 

7.     
Consider the
source of your medications.
Medication safety can be affected by where you
purchase your prescription. Always use a reliable source.

 

·        
If
you’re purchasing your medications from online retailers, foreign pharmacies,
or other sources, you may want to discuss it with your doctor. Cases of
contamination and other issues are possible.

 

·        
In
addition, medications from foreign pharmacies may have instructions printed in
a different language.

 

Take control of your medications. After all, they
are there to make you feel better! You can stay safe, healthy, and confident
about your medications with these easy steps and routines.  

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Rod Stone
Author,
Publisher and Supplier of Healthy Living information and products to improve
your life.

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