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Medication and Falls

Take a moment to consider the effects that medication, or mix of medications, may have on your balance and your risk of injury from a fall or slip.

Talk to Your Pharmacist

You should talk with your pharmacist or health care provider about possible side effects, to determine how you can best limit your risk of a fall related injury such as a hip fracture, a very common fall injury for the elderly. Some pharmacies offer a comprehensive medication review to determine how safe and effective they are. Check with your local pharmacists.

Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Program

If you are enrolled in a Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) and have multiple medications that are taken to manage multiple chronic conditions, you may be eligible to participate in a MTM program that will address:

  • How well your medications are working
  • Whether your medications have side effects
  • If there are any interactions between the drugs you are taking
  • Whether your costs can be lowered
  • Any other problems you are having

Talk to your Part D insurance provider for more information.