Medication ManagementMonday, March 06, 2017
Taking many different medications at the same time is difficult. It can be hard to remember what each drug is for, when you should take it and how you should take it. There are some strategies you can use to help you manage your medicines wisely. Dr. Edward Hill discusses these strategies in todays 60 Second Housecall.
The importance of medication management cannot be overstated, especially when it comes to caring for the elderly, who often take multiple medications.
Pill organizers, medication management devices like pill dispensers, and even reminder services can be useful tools. Here are some tips that may help:
Make sure the pharmacy label says why you are taking the prescription. This is particularly important for older adults.
Create and maintain an up-to-date medication list
Bring a medications list or the medications themselves to the doctor with you
Ask your provider if the dosage is age-appropriate
Talk to the pharmacist and ask questions
Get a second opinion if you are uncertain
Know the side effect profile of your medications, and
Tell your provider about any previous adverse drug effects
If your loved one shows signs of confusion about their medications, or has been diagnosed with cognitive impairment, Alzheimers disease or another form of dementia, do not allow them to manage or take their own medications. Taking medications incorrectly can be harmful or fatal.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.