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Preventing Drug Interactions

Who’s at risk?

We all need to be careful when taking medications, but one group is especially at risk: the elderly. Many elderly people take multiple medications at various times of the day, and they may have memory or vision problems. This can lead to dangerous drug interactions, missed doses, or incorrect doses.

These simple tips can help you medicate safely:

  • Ask the pharmacist for your medicine labels to be printed in larger type.
  • If one type of child-resistant closure is difficult to use, ask for a different kind (especially if there are young children around).
  • Make sure you’re taking the medicine you intended; turn on the lights and double-check the label, especially when you’re sleepy or sick. Avoid dosage errors by using dosage containers indicating day of week and/or time of day; don’t leave it to memory.
  • If you’re taking two or more medications (prescription or over-the-counter), be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist to avoid unexpected drug interactions.
  • Consider a dedicated medicine storage area, even if there are no kids in the house.




Content used with permission from the National Safety Council, a membership organization dedicated to protecting life and promoting health.



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This content was last modified on: 06/30/2008

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