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If the medicines are not taken as prescribed, what could happen? First, the medicines to help manage a medical condition may not work properly - the individual won’t get any relief and if the medical condition may get worse. Second, not taking pills properly may cause side effects that can be mild – or very harmful.
It is very important for older adults to take the time to learn how and when to take pills. Some pills must be taken at night to work well; others with food. Some cannot be taken together or the effect of one pill will cancel out the other pill. Seniors, or family caregivers should write down each time a pill is taken on a weekly medication log and take the log to the doctor at each appointment. This can very helpful since trying to remember when a pill was taken can be a challenge for anyone at any age.
The number of pills can seem overwhelming. Doctors often need to prescribe multiple medications for some medical conditions as each one treats a different symptom.
For each medicine, the individual should know:
If the medicines are too expensive, encourage the older adult to talk to his or her doctor or pharmacist or home care nurse; they may be able to help. If some needs immediate help, they should contact an Interim HealthCare franchise location.
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