The United States Department of Veterans Affairs is requiring health care professionals to report all prescriptions from the last five years.
But a lot of medications have been getting replaced over the past few years, and some of those have become obsolete.
So what do you do when you find a medication you’ve been using for years that you’re no longer able to use?
This article takes a look at how to deal with a few common situations.
For example, you might have used the drug for pain, but now you can’t get it anymore.
Or you may be on medication that you don’t really need and can’t afford anymore.
You may also be seeing a lot more of a specific type of medication than you used to.
These include antibiotics, corticosteroids, anti-inflammatory medications and certain painkillers, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
These medications can have a major impact on your health, especially if you take them frequently.
“If you are taking medications that are not safe and effective, then you may need to discontinue them,” said Dr. Daniel DeMarini, the medical director of clinical research and education at the American College of Emergency Physicians.
“For some people, these medications may be a risk factor for developing dementia and/or other serious diseases.”
In some cases, you may find yourself unable to afford the medications you need because you’ve fallen behind on your prescriptions.
Or, you could have stopped taking the medications for other reasons.
If that happens, the VA is calling on all health care providers to report these situations to its National Medication Reporting Program.
If you or anyone you know needs medical care, call 1-800-222-1222.
If someone has a disability, call 888-444-2433 or reach out to the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon at 503-823-3255.
If your state is in the process of changing its drug laws, you can also contact the Drug Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at 800-221-0830 or online.