Wait…you don’t have one? That may be okay if you do not take any medications or perhaps only take a couple.
But do you or someone you know take a few or more, or perhaps, many more than a few?
You may want to consider deprescribing goals.
What is Deprescribing?
First, it is probably best to define deprescribing which is the stopping, reducing, or switching to a safer medication. This is important, especially for older adults, as medications that have been a great benefit over the years may become unnecessary or harmful causing side effects, falls, hospitalizations, or just not feeling well. When we deprescribe to optimize medications, it means that only medications that are needed and helpful are taken.
So let me ask again…what are your deprescribing goals? I do love “Deprescribe to optimize”- but what other words come to mind instead of optimize?
- Deprescribe to feel better.
- Deprescribe to reduce falls.
- Deprescribe to think clearer.
- Deprescribe to stop feeling dizzy.
- Deprescribe to enjoy time with your family.
- Deprescribe to take less medications (and not add on anymore).
- Deprescribe to save money for something other than medications.
- Deprescribe to travel.
- Deprescribe to __________ .
Setting a deprescribing goal can help to set the path to talking with your health care providers about the number of medications you take and if you need them all? Are any unnecessary or causing side effects, or falls? Ask about all medications prescription and non-prescription products you take including vitamins, supplements, and herbal products.
How Do I Make This Happen?
Use the forms under templates to write your medication list, review questions to ask at your next health visit, and develop a deprescribing plan with your providers. Be certain to add your goals, that you determined are important to you, to the conversation.
Know that deprescribing is a process and not a one time idea or conversation. Deprescribing takes time, patience, and follow-up for best outcomes to your achieving your deprescribing goal.
What else is available on this website?
MedStrong: Shed Your Meds for a Better, Healthier You is available for pre-orders. Take a look at this valuable read that takes you through the process of aging well through deprescribing. Sign up to receive blogs direct to your email and check out the podcasts and resources available on the website. Share your deprescribing story and goals to help others on their deprescribing journey. Stay proactive with your health -but most of all stay WISE & WELL!