From the FDA, here are tips for Seniors to make sure they are safely taking their medication:
- Learn about your medicines. Read medicine labels and package inserts and follow the directions.
- Talk to your team of health care professionals about your medical conditions, health concerns, and all the medicines you take (prescription and OTC medicines), as well as dietary supplements, vitamins, and herbals.
- Keep track of side effects or possible drug interactions and let your doctor know right away about any unexpected symptoms or changes in the way you feel.
- Take along a friend or relative to your doctor's appointments if you think you might need help to understand or to remember what the doctor tells you.
- Have a "Medicine Check-Up” at least once a year. Go through your medicine cabinet to get rid of old or expired medicines and also ask your doctor or pharmacist to go over all of the medicines you now take.
- Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.
- Make sure to go to all doctor appointments and to any appointments or monitoring tests done by your doctor or at a laboratory.
- Use a calendar, pill box or other things to help you remember what you need to take and when.