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Multiple Medications

Hands holding a daily medicine dispenser.

Many older adults experience chronic health conditions that are treated with more than one medication. Sometimes taking multiple medications is appropriate depending on your healthcare goals. Other times, the use of multiple medications prescribed by different healthcare providers can be problematic.

There are several ways you can take action to safely manage your medications:

  • Use one pharmacy to fill all your medications
  • Make a list of all your medications including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, herbal remedies, vitamins, supplements, creams, and ointments
  • Review your medications list with your healthcare provider at each healthcare visit
  • Ask your healthcare provider about possible side effects of the medications that you take and be on the lookout for them
  • Make taking your medications part of your everyday routine
  • If needed, use a pill dispenser or reminder system. A pillbox with different compartments can help you realize if you have or have not taken your medications yet
  • Properly store your medication. Medication should always be stored safely away from children and pets
  • Follow your healthcare provider or pharmacist’s instructions on proper storage. Some medication should be kept in a cool and dry place, while others may require specific storage, such as refrigeration