No matter what age, taking many medications and supplements can be a tricky business. Some medications must be taken with food, two hours before eating or before bedtime. Ensuring these medications are taken as directed can be a full time job in and of itself. Additionally, what happens when the patient is not able to manage their medications themselves? Or YOU have to ensure proper timing?
According to the US National Library of Medicine, following these guidelines can help reduce the risk of drug interaction.
"Potentially serious drug interactions are a daily threat to older people who take multiple medications and supplements, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. One drug can affect the effectiveness of other drugs and how your body uses them. For example, your kidney and liver may not work as well, which affects how drugs are broken down and leave your body, the FDA said.
"There is no question that physiology changes as we age. Many chronic medical conditions don't even appear until our later years," Dr. Sandra Kweder, an FDA medical officer, said in an agency news release. "It's not that people are falling to pieces; some changes are just part of the normal aging process."
The FDA says these safety tips will help prevent harmful drug interactions or side effects:
SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, news release, Sept. 20, 2016