One in 5 adults age 40-plus take at least five Rxs. The risk comes when you have multiple docs all writing prescriptions with no reliable communication between them, says Amie Taggart Blaszczyk, division head of geriatrics at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy. Keep a written list of every prescription and over-the-counter drug and supplment you’re taking, how often and the dose. Cross-check this list with each of your doctors.AARP..org
The above is good advice. Keep in mind too that your pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) – your drug plan – also monitors for possible drug interaction.
If you are taking several different medications for different conditions being prescribed by different doctors, it’s a good idea to let your primary doctor review them all and possibly discuss concerns with your other doctors.