Most of the time, taking medicine helps us feel better and improves our quality of life. But sometimes people have unpleasant or unhealthy symptoms from taking medicine, which is called an adverse reaction.
Adults over age 65 are more likely to have an adverse reaction to medicine because they are more likely to be taking multiple medicines. Also, our bodies change as we age and medications may act differently because of these changes. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to try to avoid adverse reactions, and specific things you can do if you think you are having a reaction.
Some causes of unwanted medication reactions include the following:
Report any unusual symptoms to your doctor or Rite Aid Pharmacist right away. It may be hard to tell if your symptoms are caused by your illness or by your medicine, but your doctor or pharmacist can help you. Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following after starting a new medicine:
Here are ways to try to reduce the chance of having an adverse reaction:
Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms, when they started, and how long you’ve had them. Your doctor may recommend you stop taking the medicine, change your medicine, or change your dose of medicine. If you have a serious reaction, you may need to go to the hospital. Never stop taking a medicine without consulting your doctor.
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