Ask the Expert with Dr. Scott Avery, DO:
What you Need to Know About Over-Medication
Question 1: What should a family caregiver know about their loved one's prescriptions/medications?
They should know what medications they are taking and for what condition. IN addition they should know who is prescribing the medications. They should also know that over the counter medications can interfere with prescription medications. They should always let their phsycian know about any over the counter medicines, supplements or herbs.
Question 2: What is over-medication and are there any definite signs of it?
[Over-medication] is taking more of a medication than is prescribed. It can also be two or more medications interacting with each other. Signs would be a patient acting different than normal i.e., someone is acting groggy after starting a medication.
Question 3: Who is the first person/professional to contact if you are worried about over-medication?
You should call your physician or your loved one’s physician with any concerns.
Question 4: When should a patient or family caregiver seek a second opinion on medications?
Anytime there is a concern about a medication you should bring it up with your physician first. If there are still questions after this, then a second opinion would be something to consider seeking.
Question 5: What is your number one prescription medication safety tip?
This one comes from my nurses.
Right medication, right patient, right dose, right route, right time.
In other words, take only medications that are prescribed for you, take the amount that is prescribed at the correct time. Take it by the right route, i.e. if it says to take orally, swallow the pill or if it says injection, give it by an injection.