Dangerous interactions: keep track of medications taken
The physical complaints usually increase with increasing age. This in turn means that seniors often take different medications at the same time. This can be dangerous: Polymedication threatens health risks.
Many Germans take several medications at the same time
Pain relievers, cholesterol or blood pressure lowerers, blood thinners: Around every fourth in Germany takes several pills a day. This was the result of a survey carried out on behalf of the Federal Association of German Pharmacists' Associations (ABDA) last year. In the group of seniors aged 70 and over, every second does so. It can be dangerous. According to ABDA, more people die in Germany from the side effects of medication than on the road. In order to be able to uncover possible interactions between the different medicines more quickly, senior citizens should make a list of all the preparations taken.
Keep an overview of medications taken
Health experts have been demanding for years to better protect patients from medication errors. Common medication errors include interactions between medications. Since elderly people in particular often need several medications, it is particularly important for them to keep an eye on which medicines they are taking. This can be done, for example, by keeping a list that you present to the doctor or pharmacist. As a rule, you can also have your family doctor issue a "medication prescription overview". In this context, the electronic health card (eGK) could also be of importance in the future after an agreement was reached years ago on the voluntary use of “drug therapy safety” (“AMTS”).
Pharmacists can often help
Another way to keep an overview is to always buy the medicines in the same pharmacy. Some pharmacies offer so-called medication cards, on which it is registered which medicinal products - both prescription and non-prescription - the customer purchases. If the pharmacist has an overview of the prescription and over-the-counter medications taken, he can take countermeasures if necessary. According to the Lower Saxony Chamber of Pharmacists, the probability of interactions when taking five drugs is 38 percent. (ad)