Tips for elderly and adults

Tips for elderly and adults

Most elderly aged 65 years and above regularly take at least three to five different medications, almost prescribed medicines, over-the-counter medicines, or dietary supplements. Thus, the risk of drug-drug or drug-food interactions, or misuse of these medicines is increased.

These scenarios can cause serious or fatal poisonings. Therefore, we provide you with simple tips to minimize the risk and the number of elderly total poisonings:

  1. Remember to discuss all medicines that you take with your doctors, pharmacists, and your health care provider. Make sure that you are aware how to take your medicine properly, in the right dose, and in the right time.
  2. Be aware about any possible side effect that may occur related to your medicines, so don’t forget to read your medicine label.
  3. Keep your medicines up, away, and out of sight of anyone especially children and teens; to reduce the chance someone gets into your medicine.
  4. Always remember to dispose any unwanted or expired medicine safely.
  5. Remember to be prepared for any emergency by knowing who to call, and saving your doctors, pharmacist, and the nearest poison center phone numbers in your phone and display it somewhere visible in your house, like on the refrigerator or close to your landline telephone or computer.

 

Remember to ask your doctor about:

  • What is the name of your medication?
  • Why are you taking it for?
  • Are there any side effects?
  • For how long you should take your prescribed medicines, or supplements?

Remember to ask your pharmacist about:

  • Is your medicine taken with food or on an empty stomach?
  • Should certain food, drink or other drugs be avoided?
  • Are there any side effects?
  • How many times should you take your medication and when?

 

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