Many older Americans are prescribed a number of medications each year by their doctors. Often, these drugs may cause adverse reactions that patients do not realized are caused by their medications. WorstPills.org has composed a helpful list of “Ten Rules for Safer Drug Use.”
The list includes:
Rule 1: Have “Brown Bag Sessions” with Your Primary Doctor; Fill Out a Drug Worksheet.
Rule 2: Make Sure Drug Therapy Is Really Needed.
Rule 3: If Drug Therapy Is Indicated, in Most Cases, Especially in Older Adults, It Is Safer to Start with a Dose That Is Lower Than the Usual Adult Dose.
Rule 4: When Adding a New Drug, See If It Is Possible to Discontinue Another Drug.
Rule 5: Stopping a Drug Is as Important as Starting It.
Rule 6: Find Out If You Are Having Any Adverse Drug Reactions.
Rule 7: Assume That Any New Symptom You Develop After Starting a New Drug May Be Caused by the Drug.
Rule 8: Before Leaving Your Doctor’s Office or Pharmacy, Make Sure the Instructions for Taking Your Medicine Are Clear to You and a Family Member or Friend.
Rule 9: Discard All Old Drugs Carefully.
Rule 10: Ask Your Primary Doctor to Coordinate Your Care and Drug Use.