Too Many Medications with Too Little Monitoring
Too Many Medications
It is important that we take responsibility for knowing what we are taking, investigating them, relying on trusted advisors, informing our doctors, and then making sure that our doctors, pharmacists, and specialists are aware of anything we take.
Often, our doctors don’t know we’re taking supplements, they may also not know what other doctors are prescribing. Each medication comes with risks and side effects, They multiply with the number of drugs that are being taken and can interact. The more drugs you take, the more likely it is that there will be problems with negative and even deadly effects.
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What We Can Do
- Make a detailed medication list. It should include the name, strength, dosage, instructions, and any listed cautions.
- Carry the detailed medication list with you.
- Give the list to all of your doctors, and your pharmacist.
- Update your list as you add or remove prescriptions and over-the-counter supplements.
- Keep a file with all of the Medication inserts and instructions.
- Use one pharmacy to fill prescriptions.
- Schedule reviews regularly with your pharmacist and/or general doctor.
- Ask questions:
- why is the medication prescribed?
- is there a lifestyle change that can be made instead of taking the prescription?
- how does the medication work in the body?
- what are common and rare side effects?
- how long does it take for the medication to work?
- are there activities the medication will interfere with?
- Is it safe to drink alcohol with this medicine?
- how necessary is the medication?
- can the dosage be reduced?
- are medications interacting in a negative way?
- could the medications be the cause of other symptoms?
- can a medication be removed after a period of time?
Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion.
Your wellness team should be eager to help you to keep all of your medication straight and to ensure that you don’t have a potentially lethal combination of drugs. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and if it isn’t forthcoming, don’t be afraid to look for a wellness practitioner who is willing to help you.
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