Individuals diagnosed with a chronic condition often take several different medications. If you are taking several medications to treat a chronic disease such as arthritis or asthma, it’s important for you to understand the different effects of your drugs as well as the how the combinations can affect your health.
At the UAMS Family Medical Centers, we provide education and counseling to help you learn about the medications you’re taking.
Just because you can buy something over-the-counter, that doesn’t mean it is safe for you to take. So our personalized polypharmacy education will also help you understand the potential interactions between your prescribed medications and over-the-counter medications such as antacids and pain-killers like Tylenol and Advil.
Polypharmacy refers to the problem that occurs when a patient is taking more medications than are actually needed. Or it can also mean that you are taking prescribed medications that are needed but that there are too many pills to take (pill burden). Polypharmacy results in increased risk of adverse drug reactions and higher drug costs.
Medications can save lives; however, all medications have associated risks. Your doctor and the medical staff at our clinic will help you to choose the medications that work best for you and will ensure that any harmful combinations are eliminated.
To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our chronic disease management/polypharmacy education services, contact your local clinic.