June 19, 2009
It's important to know as much as you can about the drugs you take, so you can help prevent medication errors.
It's important for you to know as much as you can about the drugs you're taking. This helps you get the most benefit from your medications and avoid medical errors.
In people 65 years and older, medical studies1,2 show that some medicines should be reviewed by patients and their doctors because they can cause serious side effects. These harmful side effects include falls, confusion, sleepiness, drowsiness, and weakness. This type of medicine is called a high-risk medication.
A list of these high-risk medications is in the table below. If you are taking one of these medicines, please notify your doctor and ask if you should take a different medicine.
|Armour ® Thyroid||hyoscyamine (Hyomax ®, Levsin ®)|
|carisoprodol (Soma ®)||methocarbamol (Robaxin ®)|
|cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril ®)||nitrofurantoin (Macrobid ®)|
|dicyclomine (Bentyl ®)||oral estrogens, estropipate (Premarin ®, Prempro ®)|
|diphenoxylate and atropine (Lomotilreg)||orphenadrine (Norflex ®)|
|dipyridamole (Persantine ®)||promethazine (Phenergan ®)|
|hydroxyzine (Atarax ®, Vistaril ®)|
For additional questions, please call the number on the back of your Humana ID card.
To reduce your risk of medication problems, make a complete list of:
Update this information regularly, keep it handy, and make sure someone else knows where to find it. As a Humana member, you can keep track of this information quickly and easily with My Health Record. That's a page on MyHumana where you can enter, save, and print your medical history.
Here are some other ways to use medications safely:
Knowing how, when, and why to take your medicine helps ensure you stay in good health.
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