Use Medication Wisely

Taking three or more medications a day can increase your risk of falling.

Common medications that can affect your balance include those for

  • Sleep, anxiety and depression
  • Heart and blood pressure
  • Dementia symptoms
  • Arthritis and pain
  • Bladder control
  • Digestive, stomach and nausea
  • Colds, flu and allergies

What you can do

  • Have a medication review with your pharmacist every year
  • Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about possible side effects of prescription, over the counter or natural health products
  • Read directions carefully so you're aware of potential reactions with other medications
  • Talk to your health care provider or pharmacist if you experience drowsiness, dizziness, unsteadiness or blurred vision.
  • Keep an up-to-date list of all your prescription and non-prescription medicines. Take this list to all your medical appointments.
  • Ask your pharmacist about easy ways to organize your medications.
  • Take your expired or unused medications to your pharmacy for safe disposal.

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