What’s in Your Medicine Cabinet? Or in the Bottom of Your Handbag?

Regal’s prescription for handling medications is a practical one: BE PROACTIVE in handling your pills!!!! Here is a great guide for storing, dispensing and disposing of prescription medicines, because how you handle them may cause harm. Our top twelve tips:

          1)  Always store medications in a cool, dark, dry place, unless of course they need to be refrigerated

          2)  Check the expiration dates – do NOT take expired medications, be wary if they have changed color etc.

          3)  Be sure to follow instructions as to dosage and time of day to be taken

          4)  Ask if you should take the prescription with or without food

          5)  Use a daily pill organizer if you take multiple medications over the course of a week

          6)  Do not share medications and keep them stored securely away from children and others in the house that might abuse them

          7)  When traveling, carry-on your prescription items in case your luggage is stolen or lost

          8)  Don’t keep medicine in the car or glove compartment of a vehicle, or the bottom of your handbag

          9)  Do not just toss expired items in the trash – dispose of them properly (see below)

          10)  Be sure to put the lights on – never take meds in the dark

          11)  Take out the cotton in the pill bottle once you open it, and always close containers tightly to keep out moisture

          12) Keep local poison control phone numbers handy in case of emergency or overdose

You should always read the leaflets enclosed in the box or attached to the container because there are important facts like side effects to be expected etc.  If you have questions or concerns about the meds you are taking, talk to your doctor or the pharmacist, especially if toxic interactions with other prescriptions you are taking are possible or you are experiencing side effects. Other rules of thumb include keeping medicine all in one convenient location, in the original container or bottle, and taking an inventory every 6 months. The FDA has specific guidelines on how to dispose of unused medicines, visit: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm101653.htm. You may also wish to review our website article entitled Mixing Your Meds Can Be Dangerous!

CONTACT US: With so many Seniors taking different medications for multiple conditions and chronic pain, the potential for drug-related problems is increasing so medication management is especially important. Adverse side effects, duplication of drugs, interactions with other medications, and even overdose can be serious and life threatening. If you or a Senior loved one are having trouble keeping track of the medicines you are being prescribed, perhaps you are a candidate for medication management or care management. In addition to private duty nursing and home health services, Regal professionals can provide you or a loved one with medication management and care management as well as assistance with daily needs while you are ill, receiving treatment and recovering. Contact Ferial Andre, RN, CCM, CDP, at 561-499-8382 or ferialandre@regalcares.com.

This article is not intended as medical advice

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 @ 12:10 PM