Lynn Harrelson is a pharmacist who specializes in medication and prescription management for seniors. She provides health care services and information that help individuals remain independent in their homes, retirement and assisted living facilities.

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One of the biggest problems we have in our health system today is accurate and timely information; this is especially true regarding the medications we use.

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Many families use multiple pharmacies to save money. But when a patient goes to more than one pharmacy, it increases the potential that possible significant interactions may be overlooked and the patient can experience serious problems.

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One of the easier ways to check use of medication is to check how frequently medications are refilled.

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Many people save old medications "just in case" or because they do not like wasting money. This practice can become dangerous, though, and lead to consumption of the wrong medications or ones that are expired. If your loved one isn't taking their medications correctly, make an appointment with her doctor to discuss your concerns.

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Addiction to prescription pain medication is common among the elderly, so it is crucial to evaluate your loved one's usage, behavior and overall health.

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When having your elderly parent's prescription refilled, there are many questions you can ask your pharmacist to ensure they are taking their medication properly and avoid dangerous drug interactions.

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Proper disposal of unused or left over prescription medications is essential, but it probably cannot be donated in most cases.

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It's important to take your Diabetes medications at the same time every day. Consistency is key when treating this disease and maintaining health blood glucose levels.

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Anger and aggression is common among Alzheimer's patients, yet it's often hard to tell if it's a result of the disease or a side effect of the medications used to treat it.

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Wondering who is allowed to dispense medication in an assisted living facility? Laws vary by state. Each state has its own regulations that determine which healthcare works can give medication. In some cases, its a nurse practitioner, but in others it could be a nurses assistant or aide.

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Bladder control and incontinence medications have various side effects depending on the person taking them. Some side effects of over-active bladder (OAB) and incontinence drugs are dry mouth, blurry vision, heartburn and constipation.

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Splitting pills is a move that can save money, but it could be dangerous. Find out what medications are safe to split and how to do so safely.

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Stockpiling medications to prepare in case of emergency is a good idea, but getting the extra pills can be tricky. Here is how you can get extra prescriptions or medications for your emergency supply kit.

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Driving while on painkillers and other pain medication is dangerous and can have deadly consequences. Some individuals can take medication for pain and drive as well as perform many other tedious, precise tasks, but many cannot.

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Some people may have no trouble taking an antibiotic, while others may wind up feeling even more tired once they begin taking their medication. Antibiotics seem like straightforward medications, however their side effects can be problematic.

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Medication-related problems like drug interactions, side effects and nonadherence can negatively impact an elder’s health and even increase the risk of death. Patients and caregivers are the first-line defense in preventing and addressing these issues.

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It is important to be mindful of medication side effects and watchful of a senior’s wellbeing during hot summer months. Sun and heat can cause some dangerous drug interactions.

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