Use Medication Wisely

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

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  MedsCheck  review with your pharmacist every year 

  • Take your medications as prescribed 

  • Read directions carefully so you're aware of potential reactions with other medications 

  • Keep an up-to-date list of all your prescription and non-prescription medicines and take it to all your medical appointments. 

  • Take your expired or unused medications to your pharmacy for safe disposal. 

  • Smart phone Apps are available for medication management 

  • Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist: 

    • about possible side effects of prescription, over the counter, supplements or natural health products
    • if you have drowsiness, dizziness, unsteadiness or blurred vision
    • about easy ways to organize your medications.

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