As we age, prescription medications may become necessary to maintain health, recover from an illness or control the symptoms of a chronic disease. When appropriately prescribed and monitored, medications can help improve the ability to function and enhance quality of life.
We all have a responsibility to be actively involved in decisions about our medical care and treatment. One way to do this is to take charge of prescription medications. Here are some pointers to help you manage your medications.
4. Listen carefully when your healthcare provider prescribes medication. Healthcare providers include doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists and pharmacists. Ask questions to learn the name of the drug, its purpose and any potential side effects.
5. Inform your health care providers of all medicines that you take, including prescription medicines, over the counter remedies, vitamins and herbal supplements.
6. Always follow your doctor or pharmacist’s instructions and any instructions printed on the medication label.
7. Pay attention to how often a medication should be taken and if it should or should not be taken with food or milk products.