WHAT PROBLEMS ARE CAUSED BY MEDICINE?
As you get older, you may have more health problems. The more medicines you take to treat these problems, the greater your risk of side effects and drug interactions. Problems caused by medicine may be mistaken for normal aging or worsening of a health problem.
If you think you may be having problems with any medicines you are taking, talk to your healthcare provider.
WHY DO MEDICINES SOMETIMES CAUSE PROBLEMS?
Many medicines are harmful if you take too much or too little. Any one medicine can cause side effects, but if you take more than one medicine at a time, there’s a greater chance of side effects. Medicines can interact with other medicines and change the way one or both medicines work. This is true about prescription medicines, nonprescription medicines, supplements, natural remedies, and vitamins.
Ask your pharmacist to help you choose the best medicines for your needs. Always read the directions on the medicine label.
HOW CAN I HELP PREVENT MEDICINE-RELATED PROBLEMS?
· Follow the directions that come with your medicine, including information about food or alcohol. Make sure you know how and when to take your medicine. Do not take more or less than you are supposed to take.
· Try to get all of your prescriptions filled at the same place. Your pharmacist can help make sure that all of your medicines are safe to take together.
· Keep a list of your medicines with you. List all of the prescription medicines, nonprescription medicines, supplements, natural remedies, and vitamins that you take. Tell all healthcare providers who treat you about all of the products you are taking.
· Many medicines have side effects. A side effect is a symptom or problem that is caused by the medicine. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist what side effects the medicine may cause and what you should do if you have side effects.
· Always check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist before taking any new products.
If you have any questions, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information. Be sure to keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.