Medication Non-Compliance

Not taking medications correctly affects 30%-60% of all senior adults.  Reasons for non-compliance can include finances, insurance not covering medications, confusion over directionsm, multiple doctors prescribing medications, and memory loss.  Problems caused by medication non-compliance include hospitalization due to worsening medical problems, falls, fractures, or overdose.

Ways to Prevent Medication Non-Compliance:

  • Take a list of all medications to the doctor, each vist.
  • Have the doctor review the list before prescribing new meds.
  • Use the same pharmacy for all prescriptions.
  • Use medication set up systems or organizers
  • Have a friend or relative set up medications
  • Call 911 immediately if too much of any one medication is taken

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