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19 Aug: Seniors on Prescription Drugs: How to Promote Safety and Effectiveness

Most seniors depend on prescription drugs to protect health and well-being. However, common concerns among seniors on prescription drugs include the rising cost of medications, the risk of harmful side effects and possible drug interactions. Thankfully, there are several ways to address these issues and ensure that seniors on prescription drugs receive the care and attention they deserve. Help with the Rising Cost of Prescription Drugs The rising cost of prescription medications is a common problem among the elderly population. Since some drugs are expensive or not covered on certain insurance plans, more and more seniors are unable to access essential medications. While some payment issues may be resolved by speaking with insurance agents or pharmacists, many seniors are left…

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…

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…