10 Medications Seniors Should Avoid Taking

medications seniors should avoid

Seniors should use medication with caution

Did you know that, on average, people over 65 take 14 Р18 prescription medications a year? Medication is helpful in so many cases. That makes it easy to forget that drugs can also worsen, or even cause, health problems.

Seniors are more likely to have side effects because they can be more sensitive to certain medications. Plus, taking multiple medications increases the chances of having serious side effects or interactions.


10 medications seniors should avoid

Unless your older adult’s doctor spends most of their time treating seniors, they may not be aware that drugs can affect older bodies differently. To help you advocate for them, we found a clear and simple list of 10 medications that seniors should avoid or use with caution.

The list was created by the The American Geriatrics Society’s Health in Aging Foundation and includes pain relievers, anti-anxiety meds, sleep aids, and more. Some of these are available over-the-counter, so don’t assume that non-prescription drugs are completely safe!

Ask your older adult‚Äôs doctor for a full review of everything they‚Äôre taking — including over-the-counter supplements. If they‚Äôre taking a drug on this list, let the doctor know you‚Äôre concerned and ask if it‚Äôs possible to switch to a less risky medication. At the very least, you‚Äôll be fully aware of the potential risks and side effects.

Important: Never stop, start, or make changes to your senior’s medications without first consulting their doctor.

medications seniors should avoid


Next Step  Print or save this handy chart of medications that seniors should use with caution (PDF)


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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
Image: Cedar City News


  • Reply June 20, 2019

    Geoffrey Harrison

    Is there an English UK list the ones shown here are all American ?

    • Reply June 20, 2019


      We’re a U.S.-based business, so unfortunately we’re not familiar with healthcare systems in other countries.

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