Risk Factors of Common Medications Prescribed to Seniors

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Older adults take more medications than any other age group. In many cases, several medications are prescribed at the same time to control multiple symptoms simultaneously. As the elderly typically have more than one prescribing physician, Vancouver senior home care experts stress the importance of keeping track of all prescribed medications, side effects, and risk factors.


Namenda is an anti-Alzheimer’s drug prescribed to elderly with advanced symptoms of the disease. A dosing guide dictates administration of Namenda at low increments, slowly increasing the dosage until the desired target range is reached. This drug is not recommended for seniors with a history of seizures, passing urine disorders, or liver and bladder problems. The most common side effects include confusion, dizziness, constipation, and headaches.


Prescribed for the treatment of osteoporosis, this medication slows down bone loss and may prevent premature fractures. People with problematic movement of muscles in the esophagus should not take Fosamax. It is also not recommended for seniors with low levels of calcium. The side effects may include stomach problems, bone loss in the jaw, blood clotting disorders, and anemia.


Atrovent is commonly prescribed for seniors with respiratory problems. The medication helps to open the airways and ease breathing. It is effectively used in cases of bronchitis, emphysema, and COPD. Atrovent is not prescribed to elderly with urinary disorders or glaucoma. The side effects include cough producing mucus, cloudy urine, bladder pain, and shortness of breath.


This blood pressure-lowering medication is often recommended for the elderly due to its rapid effects. Because of its complexity, this drug may produce serious health risks and is only prescribed in extreme cases of high blood pressure for seniors who are otherwise in good physical condition. The side effects are numerous and may encompass heaviness in the chest, trembling, ulcers, and unusual bruising and bleeding. In addition, severe muscle pain accompanied by labored breathing may occur.

If you need help keeping track of your loved one’s medications or he or she could benefit from regular medication reminders, reach out to Home Care Assistance Vancouver. As a leading provider of live-in and hourly care in Vancouver, our trained and experienced caregivers can also assist with errands, cooking, cleaning, personal grooming, and incontinence among other things. To learn more, call our office at (778) 279-3634 and request a complimentary in-home consultation.

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