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any changes made by your health care provider. Consider giving a copy to a friend or loved one that you trust – important especially in case of emergency and when you’re traveling.
Your list should include the medicine’s brand name, if applicable, and generic name. Also write down why you’re taking each medication, the dosage (for instance, 300 mg), and how often you take it.
3. Be Aware of Potential Drug Interactions and Side Effects Interactions can occur when:
• One drug affects how another drug works;
• A medical condition you have makes a certain drug potentially harmful;
• An herbal preparation or supplement
affects the action of a drug;
• A food or non-alcoholic drink reacts
with a drug;
• An alcoholic drink interacts with a drug. Your task? Learn about possible
interactions and the potential side effects of your medications. You can do this
by carefully reading drug facts labels
on over-the-counter drugs (OTC) and
the information that comes with your prescription medications, and by reviewing any special instructions with your health care provider. For instance, nitroglycerin,
which treats angina (chest pain related
to heart disease), should not be taken
with many erectile dysfunction drugs, including Viagra and Cialis, because
serious interactions can occur. Some drugs should not be taken with alcohol, as problems such as loss of coordination, memory problems, sleepiness, and falls can result.
If you’re seeing more than one health care provider, tell each one about all medications, herbal preparations, and supplements you take. You also can ask your pharmacist about potential drug interactions and side effects.
Some medications can cause side effects similar to health problems that occur in older adults (such as memory difficulties), so ask your healthcare provider if any new health problems you are experiencing could be due to medications.
4. Review Medications with Your Health Care Provider
Ideally, you should discuss the prescription and over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements that you take with your health care provider at each visit. Do this to confirm if the medications are still necessary and if the supplements are appropriate – and to determine which ones you can stop taking
(if any). If it’s not possible to review medications at each visit, schedule at least one review each year.
If a certain medication seems out of your budget, ask your health care provider if
there is a less expensive, and still effective, alternative. Also tell your health care provider if you think a medication isn’t working well (for example, if a medication is not relieving pain like you think it should).
Sometimes, especially if you’re seeing multiple providers, certain questions can fall through the cracks, says Kweder. But, she says, there is no such thing as
a stupid question about medicine.
“As a society, we have become reliant on
pharmaceuticals to help us attain a longer and higher-quality life. It’s a wonderful success of Western medicine,” she adds. “The goal should be for each of us to access that benefit but respect that medicines are serious business. To get the most out of them, you should take them with great
care and according to directions.”
Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Consumer Updates page is the source for this article with the full article and the latest updates on FDA regulated products available at http://www.fda.gov/ ForConsumers/default.htm.
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NUMBER OF UNITS INDEPENDENT LIVING ASSISTED LIVING SKILLED NURSING ALZHEIMER / DEMENTIA RESPITE
ADULT DAYCARE PETS
RESIDENT PARKING TRANSPORTATION PRIVATE PAY NURSE ON DUTY REHAB
LONG TERM STAY SHORT TERM STAY MEDICATION DELIVERY LAUNDRY HOUSEKEEPING ACTIVITIES
100% MEALS
24 HOUR STAFFING LICENSED FACILITY SPECIFIC DIET PLANS
SENIOR HOUSING
GUIDE
MAGNUM HEALTH & REHAB OF HASTING
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15 240 E. North St, Hastings, MI 49058 Neily Stolicker, 269-945-9564
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114
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104
50
100
77
30
40
175
45
69
40
MAPLE GROVE APARTMENTS
16 1041 Maple St, Albion, MI Balinda Cavazos, 517-629-2026
MAPLE LAWN MEDICAL CARE FACILITY
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17 50 Sanderson Lane, Coldwater, MI 49036 Sue Failing, 517-279-9587
MAPLEWOOD OF MARSHALL
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18 200 Westbrook Court, Marshall, MI Karin Gallagher, 269-781-4997
MEDILODGE OF MARSHALL
19 879 E. Michigan Avenue, Marshall, MI Cassandra Lucas, 269-781-4251
NORTHPOINTE WOODS ASSISTED LIVING
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20 700 North Avenue, Battle Creek, MI Melissa Ferguson, 269-964-7625
NORTHPOINTE WOODS INDEPENDENT LIVING
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21 700 North Avenue, Battle Creek, MI Melissa Ferguson, 269-964-7625
OAKS AT NORTHPOINTE WOODS
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22 706 North Avenue, Battle Creek, MI Susan O'Dell, 269-964-4655
PENNFIELD PREMIER LIVING
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23 632 North Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49017 Renee Kelly, 269-964-8292
REFLECTIONS MEMORY CARE
24 14316 Helmer Road South, Battle Creek, MI Alyssa Jones, 269-969-2500
SPRINGVIEW TOWER
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25 231 Springview Drive, Battle Creek, MI 49037 Stephanie Blockton, 269-968-9105
VILLAGE OF MILL CREEK
26 300 Carl Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49037 Jennifer Bouchard, 269-962-0605
WESTBROOK PLACE APARTMENTS
27 183 West Street, Battle Creek, MI 49037 David Ward, 269-753-0062
WOODLAWN MEADOWS RETIREMENT VILLAGE
28 1821 N East Street, Hastings, MI Lauren Bauer, 269-948-4921
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