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Scoop all of the prescription bottles into a
paper bag and carry them to their pharmacist to
ensure that all medications work well together. If
you take all prescriptions to one pharmacist, they
can more easily cross-reference drugs to look for
any potential adverse side effects. Actually,
it is best to use the same pharmacy for all
prescriptions. One of the most important
partnerships we can have with a care professional is
often overlooked – the pharmacist.
Many of our loved ones are receiving medications
from multiple doctors. Make a list of all the
prescriptions and any over-the-counter medications
they are taking and send it to your loved one’s
primary care physician for review.
When discussing these concerns with your loved
ones, remember that your most effective weapons
against an accidental overdose are respect and
understanding. Successful medication management
works best when you are working as a team.