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Older Adults : Using Medications


    • All About Generic Medications

      Every year, more than 400 million prescriptions are filled with generic medications in the United States.

    • Anti-Aging Hormones: Do They Work?

      Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could look and feel years younger just by taking a supplement? The makers of "anti-aging" hormone supplements would like you to believe that this is possible. But before you accept their claims and open your wallet, see what medical researchers say.

    • Easy Ways to Remember to Take Your Medications

      If you have more than two medications to manage, consider getting a pill organizer -- a special container marked with the days of the week. Besides housing multiple medications, a compartmentalized organizer can be useful for keeping track of the medications you've taken.

    • Food-Drug Interactions

      A food-drug interaction can happen when the food you eat affects the ingredients in a medicine you are taking, preventing the medicine from working the way it should.

    • How to Get Medications for Less

      Here are strategies from the Food and Drug Administration to help you cut your prescription costs by 50 percent or more.

    • Learning to Manage Multiple Medications

      The average American takes between two and seven prescription drugs daily. Managing these medications properly is essential for good health.

    • Managing Your Medicine Cabinet

      Stocking your medicine cabinet isn't difficult and doesn't take much time. You'll first want the essentials for first aid and symptom relief, rounded out with a few items that meet the special needs of you and your family.

    • Medicines and the Digestive System

      Medicines taken by mouth can affect the digestive system in a number of different ways. Both prescription and over-the-counter medicines, while usually safe and effective, may create harmful effects in some people.

    • Monitoring Medications

      Side effects of medications are more common as people age, so it's important to understand how to identify and prevent them.

    • Older Adults and the Common Cold

      Cold and flu season is hard on everyone, but for older adults who may have chronic health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, it’s especially challenging.

    • OTC Medications: Understanding the Risks

      Just because over-the-counter medications are readily available doesn’t mean you don’t need to follow an OTC drug’s directions carefully.

    • Over-the-Counter Remedies for Seniors

      It's easy to forget that OTC remedies are drugs that can cause side effects and affect other medications. That's why it's important to read the dosage instructions, health risks and warnings on the packaging.

    • Recognizing Medication Tampering

      No packaging system is completely safe, so it's important that you check for signs of tampering whenever you buy or use a medicine.

    • Side Effects of Medicine May Increase With Aging

      Sometimes medicines can cause side effects and actually make a person feel worse. Side effects are more common as people age, so it's important to understand how to identify and prevent side effects.

    • Taking Your Medicine

      Medicines can be an important part of treatment for serious infections. They can help relieve pain and lift depression.

    • Use Caution With Pain Relievers

      Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers are safe and effective when used as directed. It's when a person doesn't follow the label's advice that problems may occur.