Tips for Managing Multiple Medications

As you age different health issues will pop-up that will require different forms of medication. If you are someone who has to take multiple medications it can get very confusing. Here are 8 tips to keep your medications straight:

  • Be sure that one central source has a record of all the medications you’re taking. This can be your pharmacist or personal physician.
  • Be aware that some foods can influence the effectiveness or safety of medications.
  • Let your physician know if you are taking over-the-counter medicines. Vitamins, minerals, and herbals can interact with prescription drugs.
  • Read instructions and warning labels for all medications you take. Some medications taken for one condition may adversely affect another condition.
  • Avoid alcohol when taking medications.
  • Don’t take a medication prescribed for someone else.
  • Be aware that a new medication may cause side effects. Many side effects can be managed but always consult your doctor.

Source: Kaiser Permanente

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