Medication Safety Tips

Helpful medical tips

  • Before leaving the doctor’s office, read the prescription. Make sure you understand what you are taking, why, and how you should take it.

  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist what medications, vitamins and supplements you take on a regular basis. You don’t want any one thing to interfere with another product.

  • Remind your doctor and pharmacist of any drug allergies, as well.

  • Use one pharmacy, if possible. Then your pharmacist knows what prescriptions you are taking, which reduces your chances of adverse drug interactions and accidental overdoses.

  • Find out if there are any foods you should avoid while taking a medication.

  • Ask the best time of day to take the medication, as some medications can cause drowsiness.

  • If the pills look different, ask your pharmacist about it. Sometimes your pharmacist will switch a brand name drug for a generic. Most of the time, it is not an issue, but if you are concerned talk to your pharmacist or doctor.

  • If you have trouble remembering when to take your medication, purchase a pill holder that organizes your medications into their proper days and times. Keep all the bottles so you still have information on how to take the drug.

  • Keep your medications away from children! Place them in areas that are difficult for young children to reach. Ask the pharmacy for child-safe lids.

  • If several members in your household take medications, keep them in separate areas to avoid confusion.

  • Never use a medication that was not prescribed to you. You could be allergic to it or it could react negatively with something else you are taking.

  • Discard prescribed medications by their expiration date.

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