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Medications include prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Sometimes, they are also called medicines. Medication can make you feel better. All medications carry some risk and can cause a reaction in your body. The reaction can range from a mild reaction to a serious allergic reaction1.

Medications affect older adults differently because they stay in their system longer2. Medication interactions are often a reason why older adults fall.

Did you know?

MedsCheck is a free program that is provided by pharmacists. If you live in Ontario, take three or more prescription medications, you can have a free consultation with your pharmacist to make sure your medication is safe and appropriate. To learn more about this program, visit Ontario.ca/medscheck.

Tips to manage your medication safely:

  • Know the drugs you are taking
  • Review your medications with your doctor and your pharmacist on a regular basis
  • Keep medicines safe
  • Dispose of medications properly
  • Keep a record of the drugs that you are taking

You can order a free Knowledge is the best medicine booklet or download the MyMedRec app to create your own medication record3.

Date of creation: February 5, 2013
Last modified on: September 1, 2015




1Health Canada. (2011). Safe Use of Medicines. Retrieved from
2National Institute on Aging. (2014). Prescription and Illicit Drug Abuse. Retrieved from
3Knowledge is the Best Medicine. (2013). Retrieved from