Frequently, it feels that managing medications for yourself or your loved one requires a Master’s degree in pharmacology or medicine. Knowing what to take, when to take it, whether to take it with food or without food, what contraindications there may be as well as and any side effects that may be experienced can truly be difficult and overwhelming. Let the experts at Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, assist you with a medication management program.
Medication management is a difficult process and requires reconciling, monitoring, and assessing which medications a patient may need while working closely with his or her health care provider.
Studies from the National Committee for Quality Assurance show that 60 percent of seniors suffer from conditions that are chronic and require prescription medication. And nearly 20 percent of these individuals are prescribed approximately 10 different medications to take each week. That number of drugs is quite astounding.
Why is medication management important and how can this process be organized to prevent medication errors, drug interactions, and side effects? Let’s look at some steps you can take.
- Know your medications. When patients receive disturbing diagnoses or news from their medical provider, it can often be overwhelming, leading to missed information about medications and the treatment plan. Have your physician or medical provider write down the medication plan or any drug changes so it can be easily accessible when you arrive home.
- Be aware of expired medications. Expired medications can be dangerous and less effective. For example, if you have been prescribed a medication for blood pressure control and it’s expired, it may not be as effective in keeping your blood pressure at the needed level. Check expiration dates of medication and discard out-dated drugs if you have any around.
- Keep a schedule. It can be confusing, particularly if you are taking several medications, to know which one to take when. So, keep a schedule, set alarms, and use pill boxes to help remind you of when to take your medications.
- Work with an agency for medication management. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by the daunting task of trying to remember your medication program. Instead, contact an agency that specializes in medication management, and let an expert assist you or your loved one.
At Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, we know how difficult it can be to ensure you or your loved one takes the proper medication at the proper time while following the proper instructions. That’s why we’re here to help make the process much easier. Our highly qualified registered nurses are trained to offer comprehensive medication management services by reviewing, reconciling, modifying, if necessary, and assuring compliance with the specific medication regimen recommended by a person’s medical provider. Contact us today by calling (507) 281-2332 or by visiting Comfort Health’s website here for your medication management needs. We’ll work with you to set up a management program that is best for you.