People over the age of 65 take prescribed medications more frequently than any other age group, often taking several different medicines, especially for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or asthma.
A medication review is also recommended if you are taking too many medication (polypharmacy) or if you have developed a side effect to any of the medications.
What is a medication review?
It is often difficult to remember all that you are taking, especially if asked by a new doctor, so keep a written list of all the medications you take - both non-prescription and prescription. Write down all medicines you take and the dosage and keep it up to date. Bring all the medicines that you are taking to your family doctor at the PHCC or geriatrician. Make sure you understand what each medicine is for, and how they should be taken. The review will be between 15 and 30 minutes long.
Do not simply stop taking a prescribed medicine if you are worried about side effects. If you think a medicine is causing side effects (perhaps dizziness, a fuzzy head, dry mouth, loss of appetite, nausea or constipation), get advice from your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
You should see your doctor or pharmacist if you have not had your medicines reviewed for more than one year, or if you are concerned about the medicines you are taking.