In this week’s news headlines, there were a number of articles covering drug safety considerations for seniors. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, those aged 65 and over are the highest users of prescription drugs in the country. They take, on average, 7 prescription drugs. Seniors who take multiple medications are at higher risk of health complications from adverse drug interactions. Moreover, some older adults find that certain medications may be prescribed to improve one condition, and end up triggering other health issues. Another common concern with drug safety for seniors is pain management with opioids. These painkillers have been shown to provide limited relief and to increase risk of addiction, overdose and heart attack. Both doctors and seniors themselves have an important role to play in ensuring that medications contribute positively to the health and wellbeing of our aging population.
Perhaps it's time for a medication review with your doctor or pharmacist?
Read our evidence-based Blog Posts on this topic below.