Avoiding risky medications in the elderly

Care giver assisting with medications

You probably know that medications can provide many benefits. However, certain medications can be dangerous to those 65 years of age or older. According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), some drugs should be avoided or used with caution by seniors. These drugs are known as “High Risk Medications” and are considered by medical experts to pose a safety concern.

Medical studies show an increased risk of harmful side effects with these medications that may include falls, confusion, sleepiness, drowsiness, and weakness. Even if you are not experiencing any side effects now, it’s a good idea to continually review your medicines for potential side effects or issues so that you can maintain good health and well-being over time.

Talk to your doctor if you or a loved one 65 years of age or older are taking one of these medications. Your doctor may be able to prescribe a safer medicine that works just as well.

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