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Medication Safety for Older Adults

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What do I need to know about medication safety for older adults?

Medication safety includes taking the right medicine, at the right time, and at the right dose. Medicines can affect older adults differently than they affect younger adults or children. Make sure anyone who helps you knows the safety information and specific instructions for all your medicines.

What are some common medicine challenges for older adults?

What are some general medicine safety guidelines?

What do I need to know about prescription pain medicine safety?

What can I do to make sure others have information about my medicines?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone else call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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