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Should clients with persistent pain take over-the-counter pain medication?

Over-the-counter (OTC) medication like acetaminophen/Tylenol can be harmful to older persons when they are not taken and monitored according to safety guidelines. Lack of knowledge and poor memory can increase the risk of taking inappropriate amounts of OTC medication. Do not take or offer your family member medications which were not prescribed before consulting with a staff member.

At Baycrest, a comprehensive interprofessional assessment approach helps determine the cause of the pain, and proactively develop a client-centered care plan to ensure safe pharmacological management of the client’s pain.