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
Last modified on: September 1, 2015