If you have been prescribed a number of medications, you may find it difficult to remember what dose to take, in what order and what time of day to take each one. Here are common medication mistakes and a few quick fixes for getting the most benefit from your daily regimen.
Why it’s not a good idea: Skipping doses can prevent you from having the full benefit of the medication. Even worse, stopping some medicines without your doctor’s advice can put you at risk of medical problems and unpleasant or serious withdrawal symptoms and side effects.
Why it’s not a good idea: Mixing certain medications can be dangerous and if you see more than one healthcare provider, you may end up with multiple strengths of the same prescription. A list can help you remember what you're taking and enable your physician or Rite Aid Pharmacist to make sure you don't double up or mix medications that may have harmful side effects.
Why it’s not a good idea: As people age, they are at higher risk for medicine interactions. The more types that you take, the greater the chance that they will interact with not only each other, but also with over-the-counter supplements, foods, alcohol, or even specific health conditions.
Why it’s not a good idea: You could end up with duplicate medicines or with ones that interact, especially if you are seeing more than one healthcare provider. Also, your medicinal needs may change over time.
Why it’s not a good idea: You run the risk of missing a dose or taking an extra dose if you don’t have a schedule. Also, some medicines shouldn’t be taken at the same time and some should not be taken with or without certain foods or meals.
Have more questions about common medication mistakes? You can get advice from your Rite Aid Pharmacist in person, by phone, or with “Chat with a Pharmacist” online /pharmacy/chat-with-a-pharmacist
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“Be Smart About Medicine.” AARP. February 2009.http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving/info-02-2009/ginzler_wise_use.1.html
These articles are not a substitute for medical advice, and are not intended to treat or cure any disease. Advances in medicine may cause this information to become outdated, invalid, or subject to debate. Professional opinions and interpretations of scientific literature may vary. Consult your healthcare professional before making changes to your diet, exercise, or medication regime.