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- Seniors: You & Your Medicine
Seniors: You & Your Medicine
You and Your Medicine: The Do's and the Don'ts
- Tell your doctor and your pharmacist about every medicine that you are taking even over-the-counter drugs.
- Understand exactly how, when and for how long to take the medication.
- Throw away old and unused medication.
- Have prescriptions filled at one pharmacy only.
- Be afraid to ask questions. Don't leave until you know why, how and when to use the medication.
- Share, lend or borrow medicines.
- Mix prescription and non-prescription medications without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
- Mix alcohol and medication.
Prevent Falls - Manage Your Medication
Follow these tips:
- Return medication that you are not using to your drug store.
- Review your medication with your doctor every 12 months.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the side effects of the medication you take.
- Tell your doctor if your medication makes you dizzy or lightheaded.
- Never take someone else's medication.
- Instead of taking medication to help you sleep, consider alternatives such as listening to soft music, reading or daily exercise.
- Talk to your doctor if insomnia persists.
Source: Fall Prevention Manual, Ottawa Public Health
Date of Creation: June 1, 2015
Last Modified: June 1, 2015