Often seniors have ailments that require some form of pain relief. These can range from medications in prescription form to various over-the-counter medications. The first step to determining the proper senior pain relief is to understand the cause of the pain. Aches and pains often vary from day to day. If frequent or severe they may need approved medical opinion.
Frequent aches and pains can become a problem for some seniors.
Frequent pain may require that the senior sees a physician to determine any underlying causes for the pain.
Often over-the-counter medication can provide senior pain relief. However, they should be used with caution. It is always best to determine with a physician or pharmacist before taking any medications whether they are safe for you or not. Improper use of OTC (Over-The-Counter) drugs is a major cause in harm to seniors.
What can you do to help safely manage medications?
Using one pharmacy is also helpful as the pharmacist will know what other medications your senior may be taking
As well as any allergies or other medical issues that may interact or interfere while taking OTC drugs, pharmacists often have the best insight into managing your medications. So does your doctor!
Acetaminophen (Brand name Tylenol) – when taken in recommended doses, at the advice of a physician, Tylenol, has few side effects and rarely is harmful. Tylenol is typically the safest OTC painkiller for seniors. If acetaminophen does not provide the needed relief then a visit to your doctor for their opinion is the best next step.
Seniors should be cautious before taking any NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) medications. (Common Brand name NSAID’s are Aspirin, Advil, Motrin and Aleve). NSAID’s have side effects that are likely to cause harm as people get older.
What are some side effects?
- Increased risk of bleeding in the stomach, small bowel or colon.
- Problems with stomach lining
- Decreased kidney function
- Interference with high blood pressure medication
- Fluid retention and increased risk of heart failure
Working together with your loved one and proven professionals can help your senior loved one get on the right path safely to reach their pain management goals.
This article is intended for informational purposes only. Please consult your health practitioner about any symptoms or medication concerns.