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Ten Tips For Ensuring Medication Safety

By Seymour Ehrenpreis and Eli D. Ehrenpreis

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Familiarize yourself with what to do in the event of a missed dose. There are instances where simply taking the medication at the next opportunity is not recommended. Doubling of the dose to make up for a missed dose could be very dangerous. Such problems are compounded for seniors who are taking several different drugs during the day at different dosing schedules. The best way to avoid these problems: keep a diary.

Learn how to discontinue the use of a drug. In some instances, stopping the dosage abruptly can have severe consequences, particularly when they are used daily over a long period of time.


Seymour Ehrenpreis and Eli Ehrenpreis are authors of The Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drug Guide for Seniors. Seymour Ehrenpreis, Ph.D., is former Chairman and currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Biology at the Chicago Medical School. Eli D. Ehrenpreis, M.D. is assistant Professor of Medicine at Rush Presbyterian- St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois and a practicing gastroenterologist in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

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