Every week as I onboard new Medicare clients, I speak with at least one person who taking is a medication that they have NO IDEA why they are taking.
Wanna hear the scary part? Sometimes when they ask their doctor, they’ll discover they’ve been taking a med for years that was only needed for a few weeks!
Check out these tips on reviewing your meds and reducing the cost of your drugs. It might save your life and your wallet.
Review your medications quarterly. Make sure you know why you are taking each of your medications. If you don’t, ask your doctor and your pharmacist. Also, be sure to shop your medications and check GoodRX.
Here’s a great article on how to manage your medications.
The gist of the article:
“If you are taking more than five prescription medications on a regular basis, is vitally important to schedule three or four periodic visits with your physician per year to review and update the medication list and give your physician a chance to reevaluate your general health status with your medications in mind,” says Dr. Lawren Hicks, MD, medical director for Senior Services at John Muir Health.
So be sure to review your medications quarterly. Make sure you know why you are taking each of your medications. If you don’t, ask your doctor and your pharmacist. Also, be sure to shop your medications by asking for the cash price and looking up your prescriptions on GoodRX. It is a pain but it is important.
And remember, if you have questions about Medicare or how to enroll, send an email to Karl@thebig65.com or book a time on my calendar.