I have so many medications for all my aches and pains. But it is hard to keep track of everything …..
and my children keep asking me why I’m taking all of these and who is prescribing them.
– Medication Madness
Barbara: His children are asking a good question. What are all his medications for? When were they prescribed? Who prescribed them? Mama, have you and your doctor reviewed all your medications, recently?
Dearie: No, I don’t think so. You know I see several doctors – I have the cardiologist, because of that episode many years ago and the general doctor who has prescribed some things for high blood pressure and cholesterol. And she thought I should be on an anti-depressant.
Barbara: I didn’t know that! When was that?
Dearie: Oh, a while ago when I was feeling a little low, when Daddy died, and life was confusing.
Barbara: Did you take the anti-depressant?
Dearie: No, I never did. Things changed. It just took time.
Barbara: But you still have all those other pills. How do you keep them straight?
Dearie: I’m very organized. I fill the mediset every Sunday afternoon and then make sure to take my pills every morning when I first get up.
Barbara: Sounds like a good plan to me. But there still is a question if you need all the other medications. Maybe you and I should go to the doctor together and ask her to look at your health situation now and make sure that the medications from the two different doctors aren’t interfering with each other.
Dearie: But I feel fine. And I’m so used to taking those medications. It makes me feel that I’m taking care of myself.
Barbara: Just because you’ve been doing it for a long time doesn’t mean it’s still ok. You know that your body changes as you get older and the medicines work differently. I know you feel good and you do take care of yourself, but it’s a good idea to review and consider from the perspective of your age now. Let’s make an appointment with the doctor!