As people get older, they often face health conditions that require treatment on a regular basis. Older people with one or more chronic medical disorder, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or arthritis take drugs for years.
According to MD Mag, elderly patients account for around 33 percent of prescription medication usage in the United States. The report noted that “the average elderly patient is taking more than five prescription medications; the average nursing home patient is taking seven medications.” The number of medications often increase as they get older.
Taking in multiple medications can be confusing and stressful, as it requires proper management of what to take when to take and how often. Furthermore, some medications are difficult to swallow especially for the elderly. As discussed in a previous article, adults may experience deterioration in their swallowing function due to dry mucosal surfaces or due to loss of muscle strength, speed or muscle movement coordination. This could lead to improper medication intake and serious complications such as aspiration.
Changes in the digestive system of adult patients can also affect how long it takes to process their medications. The longer the tablets stay in the stomach, the higher the risk of them combining with other medications and chemicals in the body, thus may have adverse effect on the drug’s efficacy.
myLiquitab is a valuable medication tool for the elderly. It liquefies tablets to make medication intake easier and convenient. This not only reduces the stress associated with swallowing multiple pills but also speeds up its digestion and absorption to the bloodstream.
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