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Taking Medications

Managing your medications as you get older can be a challenge, and taking them correctly is critical. We can offer support and guidance for older adults and their caregivers.

A missed dose, taking the wrong amount, getting medications mixed up — these are common mistakes that can put your health at risk. Medication management error is one of the most common reasons older adults decline or suffer from falls. Also, as you age, you can become more sensitive to some medications and to interactions between other medications, alcohol and even foods.

Make sure you know what each medication is for and why you’re taking it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your doctor and pharmacist are great sources of helpful information about how to take your medications and what to expect while you’re taking them.

Use Our Universal Medication Form

It’s important that all your healthcare providers and caregivers know which medicines you’re taking to prevent duplications or interactions and keep you safe. By printing and completing our medication form and having your doctor or pharmacist help you keep it updated, you’ll assure your caregivers always have the most up-to-date information.

Ask the Pharmacist

At Mountain View Hospital (El Camino Hospital), a pharmacist can review all your medications, over-the-counter medications and supplements in relation to your diagnosis, as well as answer your questions through our Ask a Pharmacist service.

During a free, 30-minute appointment, you’ll learn:

  • Proper use of your medications.
  • Possible duplications, interactions and side effects.

Call 650-940-7210 to schedule an appointment.

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