Tips for Safely Keeping Track of Multiple Medications
Tips for Safely Keeping Track of
Polypharmacy is the use of multiple medications by a patient and
is often experienced by seniors.
While taking multiple medications may be absolutely necessary for
managing chronic diseases and conditions, keeping track of doses
and various medication schedules can become overwhelming.
And on top of this, whether it’s over-the-counter supplements,
prescriptions and herbal medications, the more medications a
person is taking, the more likely they can experience drug
interactions and side effects, which punctuates the importance of
understanding the medications you or a loved one is taking.
4 Questions to Ask to Avoid the Dangers of Polypharmacy
Again, taking multiple medications is sometimes necessary and isn’t
always dangerous, but when this is the case, here are several questions
to ask your doctor, according to AgingCare.com:
1) What all is my parent taking and why?
2) How necessary is each medication? Can any be removed?
3) Are any medications interacting with each other in a negative way?
4) Are any symptoms or conditions he or she is having potentially due
to the medications themselves?
You may have to schedule an appointment solely for these
• In order to get the correct answers, you must always carry an accurate
list of medications you are taking.
• For an elderly patient with memory issues, a family member will have
to create the list.
• Have the medication list ready, updated and accurate before the
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