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Top 7 Tips To Manage Medications
By Raymond Lee
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Americans over age 65 purchase 30 percent of all prescription drugs and 40 percent of all over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But arthritis, poor eyesight, and memory lapses can make it difficult for some seniors to take their medications properly. In fact, some studies suggest that between 40 and 75 percent of older adults don’t take their medications at the right times or in the right amounts. Here are a few ways you can sidestep these problems.
- Explore The Alternatives
Ask your doctor if, instead of taking a medicine, you can first try a non-drug treatment such as diet, stress management, and exercise.
- Follow Directions
Always take the medicine in the exact amount and on the same schedule prescribed by the doctor. Make sure you are taking the right drug. To prevent mistakes, read the label every time you take the medication.
- Tweak Your Memory
Set an alarm clock, carry a pillbox, or mark a calendar. Do whatever is necessary to remind yourself to take your medication.
- Ask Your Pharmacist For A Hand
Request an oversized, easy-to-open bottle. If the label is hard to read, ask the pharmacist to use large type.
- Pitch The Ancient Wonders
Check expiration dates on your medicine bottles. Throw out any drugs that have expired.
- Keep A Daily Record Of All Of The Drugs You Take
Include prescription and OTC drugs. Jot down the name of each drug, the doctor who prescribed it, the amount you take, and the times of day take it. Keep a copy in your medicine cabinet and one in your wallet or pocketbook so it can easily be found in an emergency.
- Finish What You Start
Even if you are feeling better, never stop taking a prescription medication without a doctor’s consent. If you think the medication is causing a problem, consult your physician.
Raymond Lee is one of the foremost experts in the health and fitness industry and is the Founder of Bodyfixes Group specializing in body health, muscle development and dieting. He is currently the author of the latest edition of "Neck Exercises and Workouts." Visit http://www.bodyfixes.com for more information.
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Article Submitted On: October 17, 2007