Published on October 11, 2013 at 7:57 AM
Learn: Approximately 46% of people aged 50 years or older use complementary medicines. Many are not aware that these medicines may interact with prescription medicines and contribute to increased risk or pill burden. Review your patients’ medicines and ask about complementary and over-the-counter medicines use.
Manage: For older people taking multiple medicines, knowing the active ingredient is important so they can avoid doubling up. Ensure your patients know how to recognise the active ingredient in their medicines and encourage them to maintain an up-to-date medicines list.
Discuss: Encourage older people to ask questions and discuss the risks and benefits of their medicines. Assist patients and their carers to access the information they need understand their condition, their medicines and their care.
The latest therapeutic topic from NPS MedicineWise, Older and wiser: promoting safe use of medicines in older people, supports GPs to achieve good medicines management with older patients.