More than two-thirds of seniors have two or more chronic conditions that require medication. In fact, nearly one-third of American adults take five or more medications on a regular basis.1
Statistics also show that many people don’t take their medications with the proper dosage or frequency, which could lead to serious health risks. Plus, certain medicines can be harmful when combined, so it’s important to read labels carefully.
Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to help ensure you take your medications correctly:
- Know your medication names and conditions they treat
- Understand proper dosages, timing and frequency
- Be aware of any food and drink requirements
- Make sure to ask about potential side effects
- “Medication Safety Basics,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 14, 2012, http://www.cdc.gov/MedicationSafety/basics.html.