How to avoid medicine Mix-ups

I am on malaria pills for a trip I took recently. What if I get sick and need an antibiotic, do the two meds mix? What about those elderly adults on 7 or more meds. My Mom has MS and cancer – she is on 6 mds, and 8 vitamins at any given time. Which of her 14 doctors should be in charge of medication management?

The answer – all of them, and the pharmacist. Ways to avoid mix ups:

1. use the same pharmacy, that way, all meds are recorded in one place
2. keep an updated list with you and provide to every doctor
3. ask when prescribed something new – “why” and “how will it interact with your other meds?”
4. Are there foods that should be avoided?
5. Also keep a list of vitamins and supplements – they can interact with meds as well

Please be diligent friends and future clients…. we would hate for you to have a medication mix-up.

Lauren Ellerman

Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at lellerman@frithlawfirm.com.