Medication Management is Critical to Your Wellbeing, Longevity, and Quality of Life
As most people age, they tend to accumulate multiple prescription medications. The more medications there are in the mix, the more confusing it can become to take the right ones at the right time, take the right amount of each medication, and remember which one’s you’ve already taken that day.
The more powerful your prescription drugs are and the more your wellbeing depends on accurate, timely self-administration, the more severe the effects of medication disorganization can be.
For example, if you are taking blood thinners or anticoagulants, it is imperative that you take exactly as much as prescribed, exactly as often as prescribed. If you miss a day or forget to take it, blood clotting could cause you to have a heart attack or a stroke. If you forget you’ve already taken it and take additional doses, your blood pressure could drop so low that you could lose consciousness, fall and break a hip, or lose a lot of blood from a cut or scrape, among other serious consequences. In either case, improper self-medication will likely land you in the hospital.
Such is the case with many other important medications, and it is crucial that you take steps to keep your medications organized.
Practical Ways of Organizing Medications
Setting up a system for arranging medication is one of the best things you can do for yourself or a loved one when there are a variety of pills, tablets, and bottles in the mix. Pill boxes are one widely-preferred solution, which allows you to sort pills by the day of the week in order to eliminate double-dosing.
Creating a medication schedule may also be a useful tool. This can be done using a whiteboard, chalkboard, or other format for creating and maintaining a visual checklist or reminder system.
If you or a loved one lives with someone else, it is especially important to create multiple cues that distinguish one person’s medication from the rest. This is especially important for aging couples who are visually impaired, as they are more likely to accidentally take one another’s medicines from time to time, or mix them up entirely. This can be done by keeping each person’s medication in different places or labelling them with brightly colored tape.
A Fort Worth Primary Care Doctor Can Help You with Medication Management
At Primary Care Associates of Texas, our Forth Worth physicians know firsthand how important it is to keep all pills, prescriptions, and treatments in order and on schedule at all times. In short, medication management can be a matter of life and death, which is why we offer medication management services to every patient.
Whether you are seeking medication management help for yourself or a loved one, know that it is always a good time to double check that the medications being taken are the right ones and that they are appropriate given the patient’s age, weight, etc. We can also help ensure you or your loved one has a proper system in place in order to ensure medications are taken at the right times and in the right doses.
It is our mission to keep you out of the hospital as much as possible and keep you alive and well for as long as possible. For help managing your own medications or those of a loved one, call to request an appointment with one of our physicians today.