When my mother takes her prescribed med for allergies, she feels that her throat is very dry, she cannot breath well and feel heavy. Thess signs made her stop her medication. Some seniors in a care home have to be coaxed to take their medications (more than 10 kinds a day) and so her caregiver has to crushed all required medications and include them in their yogurt and really be in front of them and make them happy while eating their yogurt.

Medications need to be managed since a slight dose change can mean life or death. As always, education and the presence of a care team (family, health consumer, caregiver, doctor) can help in the overall management.

Innovative ways of management should help prevent wastage and be proactive in many ways.

Tell me your story about your prescribed or OTC medications so that others would learn from you.