Medication Overload

A Pharmacists Guide to Managing Medications

Recommendations for Patients and Caregivers

Older adults, as a group, have more health conditions that require medication management. The average person over age 65 uses 4.5 prescription drugs and two over-the-counter medications at any given time.

 

Drug therapy in seniors presents multiple challenges and adverse drug effects are frequently the source of problems commonly associated with aging such as confusion, impaired motor function and depression.

 

Good medication management in the senior population involves identifying and resolving adverse drug events instead of treating them with additional drugs.

 

Learn from a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist about what you can do to minimize your risk of medication related problems, or how to assist a loved one who is having difficulty safely managing their medications at home.