Monitoring Medications in Aging Patients

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As doctor’s visits increase, so does the possibility of medicinal interactions

While doctors and nurses are experts on determining the proper medications to treat a patient’s ailments, they can only do their job to the best of their ability if the patient is thorough and detailed. It’s important for a prescribing professional to have full and complete knowledge of their patient’s medical history and other current medications.

There are side effects and risks involved with any medication, but the benefits are presumed to outweigh those risks. That’s why the medications are prescribed. But harmful interactions between two medications are the exception to this rule.

This is why it’s recommended for patients to take a complete list of medications with them to each and every doctor’s appointment. If necessary, add a new medication to the list with the doctor or prescribing physician right there so they can ensure you’ve noted it correctly. Also, if there was a recent hospitalization, ask how long the medication should be continued after release. There is a tendency, once a medication is prescribed, to continue prescribing indefinitely.

SOURCE: Forbes

 

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