Senior Medication Safety at Home

Taking medicines safely at home is an important part of staying healthy. However, many senior adults take several medicines, making it difficult to know what is safe and what is not. Anything you take should be considered as “medication” including:

  • Prescription medicine from your doctor
  • Non-prescription items from a pharmacy, such as asprin
  • Vitamins
  • Supplements
  • Herbs

All of these things can interact, changing the way another works. If you take supplements and herbs, don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor and pharmacist. Some cannot be mixed with certain medicines. Be safe. 

Did you know you can make an appointment with your pharmacist to learn more about your medicines? When you go to your appointment, take everything you take with you in a bag. Your pharmacist can then see if you have any possible dangerous interactions or expired medicines.

To learn more about taking medicines safely, get the free book Safety Tips for Seniors Who Take Two or More Medicines. This booklet offers tips and information to help seniors take medicine safely at home, as well as worksheets to help them keep track of their medicine and record their personal health information.

You can request a copy of this booklet by calling us at (937) 227-9400 or download a printable version.