Tips for Keeping Track Of Your Medication

keeping track of your medicationStudies have shown that the average senior over the age of 65 is prescribed between two and eight different prescriptions. It can be difficult to find a way to monitor all of these medications. However, it is important that seniors take all medications as prescribed so they can maintain their overall health. All medications, including herbal supplements can become dangerous and even fatal if they are not taken correctly. The good news is that there are several tips that you can use if you are a senior for keeping track of your medication.

How you take your medications, when you take your medications, the foods you eat before and after you take your medications and even the location where you store your medications are all factors that ultimately play a role in how effective the medications are at keeping you healthy. Consider the following tips for keeping track of your medication so they can treat your health ailments as directed.

Take Medications Every Day

If your physician has prescribed for you to take a particular medication every day, do not miss a dose. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to remember to take daily medications. The easiest way to remember is to take the medication at the same time each day, preferably around a time when you perform another activity such as eating a meal. You can also schedule to take the medication before you brush your teeth or before you go to bed.

Be Careful When Mixing Your Medications

There are some prescription medications that can adversely interact with each other, over the counter medications and herbal supplements. Be sure that your physician and pharmacist know about all of the other medications, supplements and vitamins you are currently taking. These professionals will be able to advise you about any possible interactions and can substitute medications if necessary.

Watch What You Eat and Drink

Certain foods and beverages can also interact with prescription medications. Inquire about foods and drinks that can potentially pose a negative side effect or reduce the effectiveness of the medications. Always remember that certain medications must be taken with food, while others can be taken on an empty stomach.

Other tips for keeping track of your medication are to keep a list of all current medications you are on, and provide a copy of this list to your doctor and your pharmacist. Speak with your primary physician about any concerns or questions you may have so you can work together to improve your health.

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