It’s well known that age is a leading risk factor for many diseases and conditions that require regular use of various medications. Even though medications can help people to live longer, healthier lives, it’s important that seniors pay close attention to how to safely use their medication because many drugs have side effects that can actually be harmful if used incorrectly.
Keeping your doctor up to speed on the medications you’re taking is the most effective way to ensure safe medicine use. Whether it’s a prescription drug, over-the-counter medications or daily vitamins, he or she will be able to help make sure you’re using everything correctly and benefitting to the fullest from your medicine.
To inform your doctor about all of your medications and how they’re affecting your health, try these helpful tips:
Remember, too, that some foods, drinks or activities may cause your medications to be ineffective or even harmful to your health. Be sure to consult your doctor or pharmacist about how to properly take your prescription. Also, remember to keep your medicine out of reach from your grandchildren so they can’t easily access it.
If you have pharmacy benefits as part of your health insurance, check to see if your insurance company offers useful medication information online. Highmark members can find details on prescription alternatives, side effects and even locate a nearby pharmacy by logging in to their member website and clicking on the Prescriptions tab on the homepage.
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