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Pain medication in the context of elderly people

September 9, 2018

You must have seen some elderly people start taking the pain medication causally. They hardly bother about the other side of taking the pain medication. As per a survey, most of the time adults and elderly people take the wrong dose of the pain medication. This can cause a serious health issue and you may not be able to deal with the harmful effects of the pain medications.

Habits of elderly people 

People who are taking care of elderly people sometimes find it very difficult to choose the right type of pain medication for the elderly people. You should know the fact that elderly people have more problems with their body which force them to take pain medication. This can be anything like back pain, gradual pain in the joints of the legs, or a headache.

Facts to explore about patient

There are few things that you should take into your consideration at the time of choosing the right medicine for the elderly people.

1-    Other medication

2-    Critical medical history

3- The Present level of the disease and the reason behind pain

4-    Routine habits like consumption of alcohol

5-    History of drug abuse

What to considerate before you take pain medications?

By taking these basic things into the consideration, the doctor will be able to a good idea about the correct medicine for the patient. But you should know the fact that a high dose of the pain medication can put a serious impact on the health of the elderly people. Kidney, lungs, and liver are the organs which are highly affected by the high dose of the medicine. Great care should be taken at the time of taking the pain medication. Correct dose should be ensured to get the relief from the pain without getting its side effects.

Knowing about the side effects is compulsory

Now you must be thinking about the potential side effects of the pain medication. There are many types of medicines available in the market. But some of them may or may not cause the side effects in the patient. But for the safety of the patient, it is necessary to know about them. The immediate response is needed to in that situation and the patient should be taken to emergency ward nearby.

Side effects may include

1-    Rashes on the body

2-    Small bowel

3-    Bleeding

4-    Stomachache

5-    Heart pain

6-    Chest burn

7-    Vomiting

8- Breathing problem

These are some of the very common side effects which you may see in the patient who is taking the incorrect pain medication. It should be reported to the doctor before anything serious happens.

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