People call it “running” errands for a reason – we commonly want to get through them as fast as possible! Nonetheless, when it comes to picking up prescription medications, slowing down and taking extra time for important questions to ask a pharmacist, versus hurrying through the drive-through, is important – especially for senior loved ones who tend to take a variety of meds.
The following list of questions to ask a pharmacist is an easy place to begin to make certain you and the senior you’re caring for are equipped with the info you need:
- What, when and how: Above all, obtain clarification about the basics, although the most significant details are normally written on the label or accompanying paperwork. What is the proper dose? Is there a precise time of day the medication must be taken? Is it taken with food, water, milk, on an empty stomach, etc.?
- When errors arise: If too much or too little of the medication is taken, or if a dose is skipped, what steps ought to be taken? How about if a senior forgets having taken the prescription and takes a duplicate quantity?
- Side effects: Once again, this info ought to be printed out for you; however, the pharmacist can provide a beneficial overview of the most typical side effects to look out for, and how to proceed if any side effects or an allergic reaction occurs.
- What to avoid: Certain medications interact adversely with others, and on occasion even with various types of food. Others can result in drowsiness or dizziness, making it dangerous to drive or operate machinery and increasing the risk of a fall.
- Time period: Will this med need to be taken continuously, or is it short-term? If long-term, how many refills are part of the prescription? And is there a shelf life/expiration date? What will happen if the medication is taken beyond this date?
Lastly, be sure to ask for a review of all prescriptions the senior is taking to check for any contraindications between meds. This is particularly important for older adults acquiring prescriptions from a number of physicians and specialists. Ask the pharmacist if there is any duplication in the senior’s list of meds to prevent overmedication. It may possibly be that one doctor has prescribed a generic type of medication, while another wrote the prescription for the drug’s brand name.
Enhanced Home Care will help with effective medication management, making certain that older adults continue to be both informed in regards to the medications they are taking, and compliant in taking them just as prescribed. We are available to pick up prescriptions, provide transportation and accompaniment to the pharmacy to permit non-driving older adults to speak to the pharmacist, remind seniors at the appropriate time to take meds, and more.
Reach out via our online form or phone at 913-327-0000 any time to optimize health and wellness for a loved one in your life or to learn more about how a home health aid St. Louis and the surrounding areas trust could help you!