Hectic Holiday Pace Can Upset Medication
SATURDAY, Dec. 18 (HealthDay News) -- The hectic pace of the
holiday season can make it difficult for people with chronic pain
or other persistent health conditions to maintain normal routines
and medication schedules. This can put them at risk for missed
doses and even medication errors, according to the American Pain
But a little advance planning can ensure safe and effective
medication use over the holidays, the foundation says.
If you're traveling, make preparations well ahead of time.
Create and take a list of all medications with you. It should
include the name of each medication, what it's used to treat, the
dose and schedule of how often you take it. This list will be
important if you have to go to a doctor or pharmacy while
"If at all possible, make sure your prescription supply is current," Caity Frail, a pharmacist with the National Community Pharmacists Association, said in a foundation news release. "This is especially important for controlled substances as some states won't allow out-of-state refills for these medications. Also, carry a card with contact information for your health-care provider and home pharmacy."
When traveling by train, bus or airplane, always pack needed
medications in your carry-on bag in case your luggage is lost.
Use a pill box, program an alarm or use other reminders to
maintain your normal medication regimen.
Remember that alcohol as well as certain foods, beverages,
dietary supplements and other drugs can have harmful interactions
with medications. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have family or friends staying with you over the
holidays, keep medications safely out of sight and reach.
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers
medication safety tips.
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