Putting an end to prescription confusion

looking up prescriptionsWhether it’s a pillbox labeled with each day of the week or an app on your smartphone, keeping track of your daily medications may require some advance planning, particularly if you have more than one chronic condition.

In fact, in a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers found that 50 percent of the 851 participants had one or more errors taking their medications. Of them, 23 percent were considered serious and nearly 2 percent were considered life threatening.

Taking the wrong medication or an incorrect dose or taking medication at the wrong time can be a serious matter. In order to reduce your risk of errors, create an organized system—take medications as part of your other daily routines. For instance, take morning medications before you brush your teeth. If you can, try to use the same pharmacy for all your medications so that any interactions have a better chance of being caught. Make sure your doctor know about everything you take—including over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements.