Commonly Prescribed Senior Medications and Potential Risks

Common Medications Prescribed to Seniors and Possible Risks

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Seniors must often take a number of medications to promote overall health, but this age group is also particularly sensitive to medications, which can result in adverse side effects ranging from discomfort to hospital stays. If you are concerned about a senior loved one’s medication safety, Grand Rapids Home Care Assistance encourages you to learn the common types of medications prescribed to older adults and their potential risks.


Commonly used to treat heart conditions and high blood pressure, Lisinopril commonly prescribed to seniors. Some of the more serious side effects to watch out for are difficulty breathing, chest pain, swelling, and high potassium levels. Lisinopril can also cause nausea, dizziness, and skin rashes. Seniors who have recently experienced a stroke will likely be prescribed Lisinopril and may benefit from having a professional Grand Rapids stroke caregiver to assist with medication reminders and other post-stroke recovery activities.

Atorvastatin Calcium

Atorvastatin calcium assists the body in removing cholesterol from the blood, helping individuals maintain healthy levels of cholesterol. It is very important that seniors taking Atorvastatin avoid alcohol. The medication may also have an effect on other commonly prescribed medicines, such as Digoxin and Antacids so it will be crucial to look over medications with your loved one’s physician to reduce the risk for dangerous interactions, as well as side effects such as headaches, rashes, and diarrhea.


This drug is known as a Proton Pump Inhibitor and is used to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach. It is commonly used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions relating to excess stomach acid. It is thought that Omeprazole can increase the risk of bone fractures, and it is not recommended for people who are living with osteoporosis. Omeprazole can also commonly cause headaches, nausea, and stomach pain.


Used to treat diabetes, Metformin is another drug that is commonly prescribed to seniors. Nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, and diarrhea are all very common side effects of this medication. Metformin can also react with other common medications, such as insulin and diuretics.

If you have any questions about your loved one’s medications and possible side effects, don’t hesitate to contact your loved one’s doctor who can act as an educator, while also answering questions to provide you with peace of mind. For families who are still concerned about the medication safety of a senior loved one, learn more about in-home care in Grand Rapids. An hourly or live-in home caregiver can provide your loved one with medication reminders and help with cooking, housekeeping, transportation and more.

To schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation to learn more about Home Care Assistance of Grand Rapids and our in-home care plans, call 616-243-0835 today.