8 Tips for Keeping Your Medications Straight

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  •    1/9 How to Stay Organized

    Studies show that many people over 65 take between two and seven prescription drugs a day — and keeping track of all those meds can get complicated. But for optimal senior health, it’s extremely important to take all medication as prescribed by your doctor. Any medication, even over-the-counter drugs or herbal supplements, is potentially dangerous if not taken correctly. In fact, not reading labels on over-the-counter painkillers increases your risk of acetaminophen overdose, which is a leading cause of liver failure in the United States.

    How and when you take medications, the foods and beverages you consume with them, even where you store your pills all play important roles in your health. These eight tips can help you keep things organized.

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    2 / 9   Don’t Take a Day Off

    When your doctor orders daily prescription medication to keep you in optimal senior health, it’s extremely important to take those pills every day. But remembering to do so can be a challenge. Try taking your pills at the same time each day — right before a daily walk, when you brush your teeth, at the start of your favorite TV program, or maybe with the same meal if taking them with food alleviates medication side effects, like a stomachache.

  • The Scoop on Mixing Medications

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    3 / 9   The Scoop on Mixing Medications

    Prescription medications can interact with one another, resulting in medication side effects and dangerous reactions. Make sure that your doctor knows about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements, and even vitamins and minerals that you take so that they can point out any potential interactions and change drugs as needed.

  • Mind Your Food and Drink


    4 / 9   Mind Your Food and Drink

    Depending on the prescription medication you take, the foods you eat and the beverages you drink can lead to medication side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about any foods or beverages that could possibly have a negative impact on the effectiveness of your drugs. Remember that some drugs need to be taken with food, while others are supposed to be taken on an empty stomach.

  • Guard Against Drowsy Driving


    5 / 9   Guard Against Drowsy Driving

    Many medication side effects are more than just an inconvenience — they can be downright dangerous. Antidepressants, antihistamines, and sleeping pills or sedatives can all cause drowsiness, and you shouldn’t drive after taking them. Talk to your doctor about your prescriptions and any activities that should be restricted. Ask if it makes sense to take them at night before you go to bed instead of during the day.

  • Lost Your Appetite?


    6 / 9   Lost Your Appetite?

    There are a number of medications that can cause you to feel nauseated or lose your appetite. Antibiotics, prescription pain medication, chemotherapy, and even over-the-counter cough and cold drugs can take away your appetite for food. If you’re taking a drug that consistently keeps you from eating, find ways to take in the calories and nutrients that you need to keep up your strength and your weight.

  • Know Your Medication Facts


    7 / 9   Know Your Medication Facts

    Asking questions and understanding what each medication is for is an important part of good senior health. Talk to your doctor and your pharmacist about your medication, and get a good understanding of their effects, 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 and Check it Twice


    8 / 9   Make a List and Check it Twice

    Create a running list of all of your prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements, and vitamins. Bring it with you to all of your doctor’s appointments, any time you go to the hospital, and to your pharmacy. It’s also a good idea to fill all of your prescriptions at the same pharmacy so that your pharmacist can be on the lookout for potential interactions and alert you to any medication side effects.

  • Follow Instructions


    9 / 9   Follow Instructions

    Your prescription medications come with specific instructions on the label — follow them as directed to prevent medication side effects or other problems. Taking medication the exact way it’s prescribed can improve senior health; this also means your health can suffer from incorrect medication usage. Remember to talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or need further instructions about taking your prescription drugs.

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