MEDICATIONS | Check Your Medication
Some medications increase your risk of falling – either on their own or when two or more are combined. As you age, the way some medications affect you can change and increase your risk of falling.
- Have your doctor or pharmacist review all medications that you are taking every year.
- Remember that medications include prescriptions, over-the-counter pills, vitamins and herbal supplements.
- Medications that relax you, help you sleep, or improve your mood can increase your risk of falling.
- Alcohol affects medications – be careful.
Tell your doctor or healthcare provider if you have had a fall.
If you are a B.C. resident with a valid BC Services Card and you have taken at least five medications within the last six months, you may be eligible to receive Medication Review Services. Talk to your community pharmacist to find out more information.
For more information about getting a medication review in BC, please visit the BC Pharmacy Association website.
For more information about safe use of medication as a precaution against falls, watch this short video.