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Top 6 Medication Problems and Prevention Tips

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Top 6 Medication Problems and Prevention Tips

By Marlo Sollitto, contributing editor

For elderly people, medications can be a lifeline to good health…or a disaster waiting to happen. When doses are skipped, or too much medication is taken, the results can be deadly.

Medication problems are widespread. According to the Department of Health and Human Services:

55 percent of the elderly are “non-compliant” with their prescription drugs orders, meaning they don’t take the medication according to the doctor’s orders

Dangerous Drug Interactions: Medicines at War Within the Body

Approximately 200,000 older adults are hospitalized annually due to adverse drug reactions

There are many reasons why seniors don’t take their medications as prescribed. Here are some common causes of medication mistakes, and what to do about them.

Vision Problems

For elders who have vision problems, not being able to read small print on labels or distinguish between pills can lead to potentially dangerous misuse.


Ask for Large Print. If your parent has vision problems, ask the pharmacist for medications labels in a larger print size.

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10:49AM PST on Nov 21, 2011

thank you for the article. taking care my late dad was an eye-opener and right now my mum's condition proves nothing beats being present of illness and care-giving to grasp its intricacies.

10:34PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

When I got my recent physical, I told the doctor "Don't you give me any poison."

He agreed that meds are poison.

If you think you have to have them that's your business.

I had to get off of all medication to get well.

I go the natural way.

My doctor threatened me, "You'll live forever."

"I don't wanna. Not on this Earth!"

11:21AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

thanks for sharing

9:19PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

At 91 mom is forgetful of anything she doesn't want. She doesn't want to take medicine. It makes her angry that she's old and has to take medicine.

If anyone tries to give her her medicine she gets more angry and says, "I'm a registed nurse, do you think I'm a moron? I take my medicine.

Since the pills are put in a weekly pill box it's easy to see when she has and hasn't taken them.

She also claims to eat all day, except she doesn't. She doesn't eat breakfast, doesn't snack and when she does have a meal she eats less than half of what she has on the plate.

I took care of my husband's grandfather the last 3 years of his life and he didn't eat either.

I think he slowly starved himself to death and I think my mom's doing the same thing. Ensure didn't work in either case and both of them lost their spouses before they died. Neither wanted to be happy and no matter what it was nothing could make them happy longer than a minute.

My sister and I are at our wit's end. Please PM if you do.

6:25PM PDT on Oct 23, 2011

Helpful information.

10:24AM PDT on Oct 23, 2011

informative article

10:51PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Meds often make the problem worse.

Side effects can be horrific.

Try the natural way.

10:50PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Meds often make the problem worse.

Side effects can be horrific.

Try the natural way.

12:49AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011


10:53PM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

Julie M's ad for patches that can cure every thing but dandruff is one of the BIG DANGERS OF MEDICATION. People hear about some amazing piece of quackery from somebody on the internet or a streetcorner and rush out to get it. More damage is done by self medicating than anyone will ever know. NEVER take even a suppliment without discussing it with YOUR DOCTOR. HE needs to know ABSOLUTELY EVERY medication you are taking to keep you from having what is politely called "a drug related reaction" WHICH COULD KILL YOU. And ALL NATURAL can be TOTALLY FATAL!

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