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Taking Medications Properly

September 18, 2015 by  
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Taking Medications Properly

 

An elderly woman with medications looking overwhelmed

As you age the the amount of medications you take can increase. Properly using your medications will help you to live a healthier and happier life.

Older people tend to have more long-term chronic illnesses. As we age conditions like arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and many more effect older people more than any other age group. Many of these conditions require medication to manage them, and keeping everything straight can be confusing. Here are some tips to make sure you are taking your medications safely.

Understand Your Medication

When you are prescribed a medication make sure that you clearly understand

  • Why you need it
  • How you should take it
  • When you should take it
  • What the possible side effects are
  • Will the new medication interact with my other medications

This information is available through multiple sources

  • Your doctors and nurses
  • Your pharmacist
  • The pamphlet that comes with the medication
  • Several websites that track medications, their side effects, and possible drug interactions.

Take the Medication Properly

When you have several medications, it can be hard to take them all properly. It is important that you take the properly to ensure they have the best chance of helping you manage your condition. Here are some tips to make sure that you take your medications properly.

  • Read and save any written materials about your medication as a reference in case you have questions in the future
  • Check the label on the medication to make sure you are taking the correct medication and it is prescribed to you.
  • Take the medication according to the schedule on the label
  • Do not take more or less of the medication
  • Check your medication’s expiration dates and properly dispose of them if they have expired
  • If swallowing pills becomes hard, ask your doctor or pharmacist if a liquid version is available or if you can crush the medication
  • Get into a routine for taking your medications
  • Set an alarm if you need a reminder
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