When dealing with aging parents or those who are beginning to deal with medical issues as they age – it can be a tough road. Generally, unless you have a lifetime illness and you have always taken medications, you probably only take something as needed for a headache or minor pain now and then. But as people age, they tend to need more medications on a regular basis and it can be difficult to keep up with what you are taking, when you are supposed to take them, and what could happen if you take the wrong thing at the wrong time.
Adverse drug interactions are the 4th leading cause of death in America. That is really scary if you stop and think about it. You have these medications that are prescribed, you know you are supposed to take them, but then you get prescribed something else. Is it okay to take them together? What kind of reactions might occur? It is always good to have a list of your medications when you wind up at a doctor’s appointment or have to call an ambulance for yourself or a family member. There is nothing worse than having to scramble at the last minute to figure these things out.
With technology right at our fingertips, it isn’t surprising to see a great app like MyRxProfile emerge. MyRxProfile was created by a pharmacist to help people understand the medication they take and avoid serious interactions. Quickly scan over the counter and prescription medication to check for interactions anytime. MyRxProfile keeps you informed and safe by analyzing ALL your medications.
Studies show that 1.5 million Americans are hurt each year by preventable medicine errors. Many people are unaware that over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics can cause potentially serious adverse effects when used in combination with other common medications. MyRxProfile can alleviate that stress by helping people manage over the counter and prescription medications and interactions with other medications by checking drug information and interactions with a simple scan of a barcode or typing your Rx prescription information. MyRxProfile allows you to email your doctor this medication profile directly. This really simplifies things!
One brilliant feature that stood out to me – you can add multiple profiles so that you can keep track of your family members prescriptions as well. This is really helpful for those of us who are taking care of aging parents. I also like the fact that there is a new feature that alerts you if you are combining “like” ingredients, such as acetaminophen. Did you know that there are over 600 prescription medications that contain acetaminophen?
The MyRxProfile app is simple and easy to use. You can check for drug interactions with a simple swipe of your phone and scan of a bar code. People shouldn’t have to second-guess whether or not they can take medications together. MyRxProfile has taken out the guesswork – and made it simple to potentially save lives!