safe medication use for seniors

22 Feb: Safe Medication Use for Seniors: Everything You Need to Know

As a person ages, they frequently begin to require more medications to manage their medical conditions and maintain their physical health. Currently, over two-thirds of adults over the age of 65 take at least one or more types of medications a day. Additionally, many of these seniors take more than three medications at varying times each day. This increased use of medications places seniors at risk for serious problems such as drug interactions and missed doses. If you are currently taking any type of medication, then our Safe Medication Use for Seniors is a critical list of what you need to know about communicating with your physician and pharmacy to stay safe and protect your health from medication mistakes. Read…

06 Jan: Seniors must be vigilant about drug interaction risk

  Researchers from the University of Chicago Medical Center report in the Dec. 24/31, 2008 issue of JAMA that more than half of older Americans take five or more prescription medications — and that an alarming number of these seniors risk harmful drug interactions. We’ve warned of drug interactions here before — and have recommended sites like DoubleCheckMD.com to make sure your drug regimen is safe. This latest study reinforces the importance of such precautions. According to the researchers, at least one in 25 older adults take multiple drugs in combinations that can produce a harmful drug interaction. That’s 2.2 million seniors in the United States. Nearly half of the drug interactions identified in the study put seniors at risk…

20 Oct: A list of dangerous drugs — and safer alternatives — for seniors

Consumer Reports has published a valuable article identifying common prescription drugs that can be dangerous for older patients. Healthcare consumers over age 65 are more than twice as likely to suffer from adverse drug reactions; the publication lists the following drugs as posing a high enough risk that they should be avoided if possible: Antianxiety drugs Chlordiazepoxide (Librium, Limbitrol); diazepam (Valium); quazepam (Doral) Recommended alternatives: alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan), and oxazepam (Serax) Antidepressants Amitriptyline, doxepin (Sinequan) and Fluoxetine (Prozac) Recommended alternatives: citalopram (Celexa), paroxetine (Paxil), and sertraline (Zoloft) Antihistamines Chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton); diphenhydramine (Benadryl) Recommended alternatives: Cetirizine (Zyrtec); fexofenadine (Allegra); loratadine (Claritin) High blood pressure and enlarged prostate drugs Doxazosin (Cardura); prazosin (Minipress); terazosin (Hytrin) Recommended alternatives: Diuretics for high blood…