Dealing With Medicines
When you have more than one
health problem, it usually means that you need at least a few medicines.
Dealing with medicines can be one of the harder parts of your care. Medicines
can save your life, but they can also harm you. You have to track them, know
how to take them, and perhaps deal with side effects.
You and all
your doctors need to be aware of all the medicines you
are taking. This makes it less likely that one doctor will give you a medicine
that interacts with another medicine. For example, one medicine may cause side
effects that create problems with other medicines. Or one medicine may make
another medicine stronger or weaker.
Older adults have to be
even more careful with medicine. As you age, your body becomes more sensitive
to medicines. As a result, the medicines may build up in your body and affect
you as if you had taken a larger dose than prescribed. This can be
It's a good idea to:
Here are some forms you can use to
track your medicine: