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When your doctor prescribes a new medication for you, be sure you understand how to take it, what it's supposed to do, and what side effects you should watch for. Ask your health care provider or pharmacist questions if anything isn't clear.
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How to Get Medications for Less
How to Get Medications for Less The best way to reduce your prescription drug costs is to follow a healthier lifestyle. Improving your diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and quitting smoking can improve your health enough that you may be able to give up or take lower doses of expensive medications. The following tips from the FDA can help you cut your prescription costs by a lot. Ask for generics If your health care provider prescribes a brand-name drug, always ask if there’s a dr...
OTC Medications: Understanding the Risks
OTC Medications: Understanding the Risks Over-the-counter (OTC) medications may seem risk-free – after all, you don't need a doctor's prescription to buy them. But just because they are readily available doesn't mean you don't need to follow an OTC drug's directions carefully. Some OTC medicines pose risks for people with certain medical conditions, as well as for pregnant women. Some drugs can interact adversely with other medications, food, or drinks. And if you take too much medication, use it for to...
Over-the-Counter Remedies for Seniors
Over-the-Counter Remedies for Seniors Over-the-counter (OTC) remedies are wonderful. You don't need a prescription, and relief is as close as the nearest drugstore. You may already use several OTC remedies. 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. Keep in mind that as an older adult, you may be more sensitive to some drugs or you may be t...
Learning to Manage Multiple Medications
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. Medications improve quality of life and save lives, but they must be taken properly to do so. It’s crucial that you read all medication labels carefully and heed any drug, alcohol or food interaction warnings given. Taking care The following guidelines from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality can help you manage yo...