he's diabetic 85 yrs. old has high cholestrol, Parkinson, pace maker, when most of the pills hes taken can not be mixed?
On my drug list how am I suppose to know what medications to give my dad?
Added 12 Nov 2013:
here is a list of medications he is suppose to be taking I think it is way to many. I did some research and a lot of them are not suppose to be mixed together.( Finasteride ) Proscar - can not be mixed with Metformin, Omeprazole (Prilosec), Levothyroxine (Synthroid), Simvastatin, and Aspirin low strength. My father is 85 yrs. old diabetic these are only some of his medication. I think it is way to many, what should I do?
The medications are to be taken exactly as the doctor prescribed.
The interactions and warnings are only a guideline.
Do not change anything because of a possible warning. The warnings are of general nature only and may not be applicable in your fathers case due to the dosage or many other factors.
Murphy is absolutely correct. There is a reason for every one of the medications your father's doctor gives him. Doctors will not risk their livelihood by prescribing something that will harm your father. I looked into the interactions checker on this site and there is nothing there that would make me think that anything needs to be changed. Your father's Dr is fully aware of these and will be monitoring his blood work closely. Give aspirin in the morning and omeprazole in the evening if they are both once a day only. I see no reactions at all between Proscar and the other medications on the interactions checker. Are you sure you are reading that correctly? These meds are listed as commonly checked medications but there are not any interactions between any of the drugs and Proscar.
The reactions listed are something your Dr will be monitoring, have no doubt. As Murphy says, these are guidelines only. You can ask your fathers physician about them if they concern you but these medications are important for treating his conditions. He is actually not on many medications as far as all the conditions he has. Do not change or discontinue any medications without Dr approval. If you are concerned about giving the meds together, your pharmacist can tell you how to time them but you should be giving them exactly as prescribed.
I ran them on my interaction checker and other then thyroid med has to be given half an hour before breakfast on an empty stomach all by itself with a glass of water, I'm not showing any significant interactions. Talk to his dr about the amount of medicines he's on if you're concerned, but its not unusual as we get older, to need more medications.
I agree with DzooBaby - NEVER feel bad about asking WHY??? When you understand what each med does for your father, it will take the stress out of giving them to him. A good doctor will be glad to sit with you and your father and explain his current regime, and why/ He will also realize how dedicated you are to making sure your Father gets what he needs. Being his care giver, gives you the right to ask questions. You are doing an awesome job!!!
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