It’s a common belief that over-the-counter (OTC) medications are always safe. However, if you’re over 65 and already taking prescription medications, this assumption can lead to potential health issues. On average, people over 65 are taking about five prescription drugs, and as you age, this number tends to increase, raising the risk of drug interactions.
So, how can you ensure effective and safe relief from pain, cold, or allergy symptoms? When in doubt, your best resource is your pharmacist. If you’ve used a particular OTC medication before, it’s probably fine. But if it’s a new addition or your prescription regimen has changed, it’s crucial to seek guidance.
If you regularly fill your prescriptions at one pharmacy, all the important details about your medications are conveniently stored in one place. Your pharmacist can access this information, cross-check it with any OTC or herbal medications, and provide immediate advice to ensure your safety.
When it comes to selecting assisted living remedies, the best course of action is to have a conversation with your in-house nurse, doctor, or pharmacist. They have the expertise to help you make the right choices for your well-being.