For seniors, managing medication can be tricky and the more medication you are on, the harder it is. It is of course critical to know what your medications are, how much your are supposed to take, how often, what the side effects can be and so much more. Here are some great tips to help you manage your medication wisely.
Keeping Track Of What You Are On
The first step in managing your medication is to keep track of what you are on. Especially if you are on multiple medications it is best to keep a spreadsheet. The spreadsheet should list the drugs you are on, when you should take them, how much you need to take and the directions for taking them. It is also recommended to chart when you have taken your medications so that you are less likely to miss a dose.
Always Take Your Medication As It Is Prescribed
Many people don’t get the full benefit of their medication or suffer from side effects because they do not properly take them. Always make sure you take the exact dose prescribed and make sure you know whether or not the medication should be taken with or without food. Never discontinue your medication without first speaking with your doctor and never take a prescription that has been written for someone else.
Make Sure You Properly Store All Your Medications
Always make sure you know how your medication should be stored. While most are stored at room temperature some do need to be refrigerated. Additionally, you should always store your medication in the original containers so there is never any question as to what pill is what.
Always Review Your Prescriptions Before Leaving the Pharmacy
You should never leave the pharmacy without first reviewing your prescription. Make sure that the drug you receive is the one you were actually prescribed. Additionally, double check the dosage and always examine the prescription to make sure that the size, shape and color are the same as previous prescriptions of the same drug. If you have any questions at all or are unsure you have received the correct drug make sure you speak with the pharmacist. Mistakes do happen and you will want to be proactive.
Take A List Of What Medication You Are On To Every Doctor Appointment
It is critical that every doctor you visit knows what medication you are on. Without knowing they may miss diagnose you or prescribe another med that could react in a negative way to what you are already taking. You should additionally let the doctor know any vitamins or other herbal supplements you are currently on.
Know The Side Effects
Finally, in managing your medications you should carefully review the medication’s information and learn what the side effects could be. While most side effects are pretty much harmless, there are some that can be dangerous and even life threatening. If you believe you are suffering from any side effects you will need to contact your doctor immediately.