According to the www.nccam.nih.gov website, drug interactions can occur as we age when:
- One drug affects how another drug works;
- A medical condition you have makes a certain drug potentially harmful;
- A food or non-alcoholic drink reacts with a drug;
- A medicine interacts with an alcoholic drink.
As a caregiver, it is best to check out what prescription medications your clients are taking and then do the research to see if drug interactions can be possible. One way to do so is to read the drug interaction labels on both the prescription medications your clients take as well as those on the over-the-counter meds. You can also do research online and speak to your client’s physicians – if you have been given that capability. Pharmacists can be very helpful in these situations as well!
You will want to do whatever possible to keep your seniors safe and healthy. Some interactions could lead to tipsiness; light-headedness and ability to walk well that could lead to other physical injuries – and more medications.
Each and every health care professional should be kept in the loop. If non-conventional meds are being taken, conventional doctors need to know this as well as they could potentially cause drug interactions even if they are supposed to be better for us!
The more caretakers know, the better we can prove that With Age Comes Respect!