The 4 BIG Mistakes People make when taking Prescription Medications and how a Pill Box Card can really help

Caregiver1. Not taking your medications as prescribed For many, especially the elderly, medication adherence and compliance is a real problem.  Up to one-third of older people don't take their medications as directed. Sometimes it’s due to the cost of medication but most of the time it’s because they forget. What can we do to help?  A pill box can really help out, especially ones that break your meds into safe manageable doses each day.  Certain medications shouldn’t be taken together and pill boxes such as our clean, disposable pill box card is a great choice.  You’ll also want one that you can leave out in full view all day to help remind you to take your medications.  Our pill box card is bright and looks like a book so you’ll want to leave it out. Many times seniors can also forget whether they even took their prescribed dose, this can lead to either not taking the dose or taking the dose twice.  A correctly filled pill box  can fix this, with our pill box card the torn foil on the blister is a reminder as to whether the dose was taken or not. [youtube  id=yO166WfUoGk?rel=0  width="600" height="338"] 2. Getting your prescriptions filled from different  pharmacies If you’re having your prescriptions filled at several different pharmacies you can't be screened for drug interactions. If you use your HMO's pharmacy and also use its mail-order service, each may not have a list of the medications being filled by the other. If you need to use multiple pharmacies due to the convenience and/or for cost savings, make sure they each have a list of every medication you take. If you use several health care professionals such as your primary doctor, a heart doctor, a dermatologist, etc. they should all be asking you for a list of all medications you’re presently taking.  If they don’t make sure you give them a list anyway, you must be proactive when it comes to your good health. 3. Mixing alcohol with your prescription drugs You can get an addiction effect by mixing alcohol with antianxiety and pain medications such as Xanax and Valium. Your driving response time will suffer as you’ll be drowsy, so don’t mix these together. In older adults especially, alcohol use may increase the risk for falls, serious injury, and disability related to balance problems. Alcohol use also may trigger or worsen certain medical conditions. When alcohol use is combined with multiple medications, it may magnify these problems. Older adults don't metabolize alcohol as quickly as younger adults do, so alcohol stays in their systems longer and has a greater potential to interact with medications. Even though most people over 65 drink less than the maximum recommended amount, this drinking is still considered harmful in over 50% of them, due to their general condition, medical problems and medications. 4. Leaving your doctor's office or hospital without enough information Make sure when you leave your doctor's office or hospital that you know the name of your prescribed medication and what it’s for.  That you also know how many times a day you should take it and how you might react to that medication.  Especially if it will interact with any of your other medications.  Make sure you get all of this in written instructions to take with you. At home make sure to use a pill box such as our clean disposable pill box card to help you to take your medications correctly and as prescribed.

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