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TALK ABOUT MEDICINE

By Susan Chiang

Talk About Medicine

Nearly $72.5 Billion is spent on hospitalizations as a result of medications being taken incorrectly every year.  According to a CDC study in 2016, 90% of all US residents aged 65+ take at least one prescription per month. Of Americans that take at least one medication per month, 93.5 million people do not take them as prescribed.
Here are four tips to help guide the conversation with the healthcare provider about prescription medicines:
  1. Talk to the healthcare provider and ask questions about the benefits and potential risks of prescription medicines taking.
  2. Tell the healthcare provider about all the medicines taking—including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and dietary supplements.
  3. Tell the healthcare provider about any allergies or sensitivities.
  4. Read and follow the medicine label and directions. 
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