Caregiver Resources - Medications

Older individuals tend to have medical conditions that require them to take multiple drugs (polypharmacy). Polypharmacy is a major problem among older people especially those with many complex diagnosis and health problems.  With each additional medication taken, older individuals are at an increased risk of adverse reactions from side effects and from interactions between drugs. Taking multiple drugs, herbal remedies, dietary supplements and over-the-counter medications can make routines complicated and difficult to follow. Each of these drugs and products can cause side effects or can react with each other.(1) Remember to take a current list of your medications and all your medications in the original containers to all physician appointments.

References

  1. Hogan, D. & Kwan, M.  (2006)  Patient sheet: Tips for avoiding problems with polypharmacy.
    CMAJ, October 10, 2006 vol. 175 no. 8,  876.  Retrieved Feb. 27, 2014 from:
    www.cmaj.ca/content/175/8/876/F1.expansion.html