Medical professionals prescribe medications for a wide variety of ailments and conditions, carefully assessing correct dosages and ensuring that all of a single patient’s medications are compatible with one another. Patients are responsible for purchasing, storing, and using each type of medication correctly. For the elderly, this process can be confusing and result in taking a medication incorrectly, or skipping it all together.
As a caregiver, there are steps you can take to properly manage the use of medication.
Keep track of medications, dosages, and side effects
Know exactly how much of each medicine to take, and be aware of any side effects that come with each one. Consult a doctor or pharmacist to help create a medication schedule.
Use a single pharmacy
By using one pharmacy, the pharmacists can aid in recognizing any potentially harmful interactions.
Other helpful tips
• Encourage loved ones to take medications as prescribed
• Store all medications safely, away from children and animals
• Never combine the contents of two prescription bottles