March 21, 2023

Tips to successfully manage multiple prescriptions – and why it is so important

Results from a recent survey commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 83% of U.S. adults in their 60s and 70s used at least one prescription drug in the last 30 days. Keeping on top of medications is one of the most important and challenging tasks for aging adults and their caregivers. When multiple prescriptions are in the picture, it becomes easy to make mistakes.

All senior care facilities have resources in place to help people manage medications, and Kline Galland is no exception. Our team of experts compiled the following list of tips to help you stay on top of your medication at home:

  • Stay focused: This one seems obvious, but it can be difficult to stay current on your medication when you have multiple prescriptions. Be sure to review your medication list with your doctor regularly, and be proactive about asking questions. Read all of your prescriptions carefully and watch for instructions on taking the medicine, what it should/should not be taken with, and potential side effects. Always ask your healthcare provider before adding any over-the-counter medication to your regimen.
  • Write a list: Keep an up-to-date list of medications you are taking. This list should track everything you use, including prescription and non-prescription, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements, creams and herbal treatments. Make sure to track dosages and write down any questions you have for your healthcare provider. Share this list with your healthcare team, family and caregivers.
  • Create a routine: Establish a normal schedule that works in your daily life to ensure you don’t miss dosages. Choose a pharmacy that’s easy to get to, and use it for all your prescriptions (this also makes it easy for the pharmacist to track possible negative drug interactions). Take your medication at the same time every day and set alarms to make sure you don’t miss a dosage. Use a medication organizer for your prescriptions, and refill it regularly to keep yourself on schedule. If available, program a smart device with alarms to keep you on track.
  • Take your medication properly: It’s very common for seniors to take medications incorrectly. Many people have trouble reading labels, worry about possible side effects, struggle opening containers, or never have enough information in the first place. Be sure to ask your pharmacist and healthcare provider about resources like large-print instructions for prescriptions and easy-open caps for bottles, and have regular conversations with your doctor about how your medication benefits your health.

Kline Galland is committed to helping seniors age well and live comfortably in their golden years. If you have any questions about managing your medications, please don’t hesitate to call Kline Galland’s Senior Care Resource Line at 206-723-INFO (4636).