Seniors must often take medications on a long-term basis to manage various health conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Many seniors take multiple medications every day. It’s important to work closely with your doctor and pharmacist to ensure your safety while using medications. You should be aware that seniors have a higher risk of suffering side effects from drugs due to bodily changes, such as changes in the digestive system, circulatory system, and organs. You also have a higher risk of drug interactions, which occur when taking two or more medications together causes undesirable side effects.
You can promote medication safety by learning about the particular drugs you’re taking. Inform your pharmacist or doctor of all of the drugs and over-the-counter supplements you’re taking to prevent a possible drug interaction. Learn whether there may be certain foods you should avoid while taking medications. For example, some drugs cannot be taken with grapefruit products. Discuss other precautions with your doctor, such as avoiding alcohol while using certain drugs. Be sure to let your doctor know of any side effects you do experience. In some cases, your doctor may be able to prescribe a different drug.
The team at Palms of Pasadena Hospital prides itself on offering comprehensive patient education. Contact our St. Petersburg hospital at (855) 245-8328 to ask us about our healthcare services, including emergency care, and home care.