A caregivers guide to medication

Medication is a marvellous thing, life-giving in some cases, pain or symptom-relieving in many others. However, managing medication can be difficult, and it’s important to get it right, especially if a few medications have been prescribed together.

Medications taken incorrectly can lead to further medical problems, with dizziness, confusion and depression just a few of the symptoms that could be experienced when a mistake is made. So, keeping track of medication is crucial, so you can be assured the right amount has been taken at the right time, and from a reliable source like prescriptiondoctor.com.

Understand

If you are helping a relative to ensure their medication is taken correctly, it’s first important that both you and they, understand what each prescription is for, why they are taking it and how it can help them. So, have a chat with their doctor about the purpose of each medication, and whether there are any possible contraindications or risks attached to them that may out weigh their benefits. Ask: will it help, is it appropriate, is there a risk attached?

In reviewing your loved one’s medications with white sands suboxone treatment be sure to be completely open about any over the counter or non-prescription drugs they are taking, as your doctor will want to have a full and accurate picture.  Even something seemingly innocuous like a vitamin tablet, pain relief or a herbal remedy might cause an adverse reaction when mixed with a prescription drug. Also, ensure you fully understand the implications of other substances that could impact on the medication, like alcohol.

Also, ensure you keep an up-to-date list of the medications your relative is taking, and keep another copy in their home in an obvious place, so that you always have the information to hand should you need it.

Organise

One of the simplest and most effective things you can do to organise and keep track of medication is to use a seven-day pill box, so both you and they know what to take and when. It will help you both to organise and get into a routine.

Alternatively, in some instances it’s possible to arrange for your relative to take their medication each day at their local pharmacist, taking the burden right off their shoulders. In fact, building up a good relationship with your local pharmacist and obtaining all of the medications from one place has many benefits. Especially when it comes to spotting possible contraindications when two drugs are used together or in simply answering any questions or concerns you have.

Observe and review  

Moving forward, it’s important that you stay vigilant and observe how your relative is responding to the medications they’re taking. If you notice a change, then go back to their doctor and discuss it, it could be important.

Also, don’t see their prescriptions as a static thing, your relative’s needs and hence their medications may change over time. So, do go with your loved one to see their GP at regular intervals so you can review their medications. If new medications are added to the list, be sure the prescribing Doctor has an understanding of all the medications your relative is taking. If you need medical advice out of hours, then call the NHS on 111 for urgent, but non-emergency medical advice or help.

So there you have a few ideas on how to manage the medication of someone for whom you are caring. If you are looking to put in place more comprehensive home care, then talk to Employ Social Care about the care staff you require.

This post is in association with Employ Social Care

 

 

 

 

 

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