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Electronic Pillbox Helps Seniors Stick to Drug Regimens
Date:5/7/2008

edication regimen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that senior citizens use a calendar or a pillbox to help adhere to drug routines. They point out that pillboxes with multiple compartments are particularly helpful for older patients dealing with complex multi-pill regimens, as well as for those who have difficulty opening safety sealed drug containers.

The FDA also encourages seniors to undergo a yearly "Medicine Check-Up," as an opportunity to both toss out expired medicines and to discuss possible drug side effects and interactions with a pharmacist and/or doctor.

On that score, a second study also presented at the meeting by Yale University School of Medicine researchers indicated that more than 90 percent of senior citizens taking five or more medications experience one or more "mildly bothersome" side effects. And one-third attributed such mood change, insomnia, impaired balance, fatigue, and/or dizziness problems to one of their medications.

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For more advice on safe prescription medication use for senior citizens, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.



SOURCES: David Flockhart, M.D., Ph.D., director, division of clinical pharmacology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis; April 30-May 4, 2008, American Geriatric Society meeting, Washington, D.C.


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