What is Medication Management?

 
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Medication management is defined as a method of confirming whether or not an individual is complying with a medication regiment that has been prescribed to them. It is also done to ensure that the individual is avoiding any chances of dangerous drug interactions that may occur depending on what drugs may be taken together at the time. This is very important fo r individuals who are taking a large amount of medications for numerous diseases, because not all medications are able to be taken together without concern.

The concept is actually fairly popular among seniors for a few reasons. The first reason is that many seniors tend to have numerous health conditions which require different types of medication for treatment; they generally do not know about the possible side effects on their own, so management is necessary. Other times, a senior may forget which medications they have taken which means they may accidentally overdose or may miss out on doses completely. Another possibility is that some seniors don’t pay attention to their medications at all and tend to take them whenever they feel is suitable, which may result in overdosing or improper usage of the medication. Management becomes relevant to ensure that the senior is taking the medication properly.

There are a number of different elements that are involved in medication management. All of them are focused on ensuring that the medications are being used correctly. Keeping track of all of the medications that are being used is very important. This may include creating a printed list that describes the medications and their indications. Some medications need to be taken in intervals in order for the correct results to occur. Timing doses incorrectly can also cause problems. For this reason, it’s important to keep everything updated and spend time making sure that the medication is being used appropriately.

Another role of medication management can be found in the presence of drug interactions. Drug interactions need to be prevented, but if they occur, they should be recognized immediately. Knowing how to handle the situation and deal with the side effects is very important. Reminding seniors to take their medications with food or letting them know about side effects ahead of time can also be very useful.. These are some of the prime roles of management. Commonly, we see them used by doctors when medication is prescribed and then again when the medication is provided at the pharmacy. However, the greatest form of management is being able to continue that process at home. There are a number of different systems and technology innovations that can be used to help provide reminders about when to take medications and the proper dosage; however, nothing can replace the management that is provided by another individual, because it provides a more detailed and reliable experience. The goal should be to ensure that while the medication administration becomes routine, it’s not routine to the extent that the finer details are lost during dosage and treatment.

2 Responses to “What is Medication Management?”

  1. My grandfather was ill and he was seeing several different doctors– the amount of medications he was recieving was amazing and to make matters worse? None of his doctors knew about the other doctors– so he’d end up with medications that simply should not be taken together. It really is an important part of medicine management that I don’t feel like you touched on: Talk to your doctors about your other doctors and keep a list of all medications you are currently taking.

     
    • Hi Carrie,

      You’re absolutely right and this is a topic we’ll touch on in a couple weeks. Thanks for the input!

       
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