Polymedication and inappropriate use of medications have an impact on older people since it can reduce the compliance to treatments, cause harmful effects, and increase the risk of hospitalizations.
Also, inappropriate use of medications can cause a higher risk of falls and increase the deterioration of physical functionality.
To address this problem, health professionals are advised to consider the following questions about a medicine.
- Is it meant for the specific health problem?
- Is it appropriate for the patient's needs?
- Is it the most effective alternative?
- Is the dose, instructions, and duration of the treatment the most appropriate?
- Can it be duplicated or be inadvisable for the age or pathology of the patient?
- Is there a risk of interaction with other medications or of adverse reaction?
If you take any type of medication, remember:
- Avoid the so-called "placebo drugs" and "miracle medications." They usually have no proven effectiveness and can interfere with other medications.
- Be aware of every medication's effect and what would happen if you stopped taking them
- When you go for a follow-up, tell the professional who treats you about all the medicine you take even those of herbalism, homeopathy, and those that may have been advised by relatives and neighbors.
- When taken together they can have harmful effects.
- A routine is recommended for medication intake.
- Take them every day at the same time. It is not advisable to take more or less than the recommended.
- Never take antibiotics that your doctor has not recommended first.
- Pay attention to the recommendations of your medical professionals if they advise you to stop taking any medication.They are the ones who know about your treatment and illnesses.