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Medication mix-ups pose serious threat for seniors

Posted by RHHAdmin on Jun 18, 2012 1:52:00 AM

Thanks to advances in medical science, older adults are living longer than ever. This often means that seniors must take a number of medications in order to treat illnesses that come with aging, but this aspect of senior living comes with its own risks. Mixing up medications can have serious consequences, and those suffering from cognitive decline must take extra caution to make sure they take the right medicine at the right time.

"Interactions between various medications, foods such as grapefruit and natural products can be very dangerous," Benoit Morin, a pharmacist in Canada, told the Montreal Gazette. "It’s important to talk to your doctor and pharmacist about all of the things you’re taking, even if they aren’t prescribed medications."

He added that if an older adult feels new symptoms or experiences unfamiliar reactions to certain medications, it is essential that he or she get in touch with a health care professional. Seniors should never stop taking a medication because they don’t feel well, but should instead voice their concern with a loved one, doctor or private care attendant.

According to PsychCentral, adults over the age of 65 make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, but the demographic accounts for more than 30 percent of prescriptions filled.

Topics: Medication Management