Safety Medical Tips
Know Your Medications
- Know the name and doses of your medicines.
- Know why the medicine is important and what it treats.
- Read your labels to learn what you are taking, how and when to take it, etc.
- Know side effects.
- Know how your medications interact with each other and any nonprescription drugs you may take, including pain killers, cold remedies and alcohol.
- Know what to do if you miss a dose.
- Know if you are allergic to any medicines.
Take Your Medicine!
- Make sure you take your medicine in the correct dose. Use the measuring cup that comes with liquid medicines.
- Take capsules or tablets whole, unless otherwise instructed.
- Take your medicines at the right time(s).
- Renew your medications in advance so you don't run out.
Keep Your Medications Safe
- Keep your medications out of direct sunlight and heat.
- Keep your medicine away from pets and children.
- Don't store your medications with other family member medicines or household cleaners.
- Keep medicines in their original bottles.
When You are in the Hospital
- Identify yourself to the nurse before you take given medications.
- Make sure your health care providers know all the medications you are taking.
- Make sure your care providers know any medication allergies you may have.
- Know which medicines you will need to take once you leave the hospital.
- Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have a problem taking the drug for any reason, including cost.
- Ask if there is a generic brand available.
- Make sure you got the right medicine from the pharmacy.
- Keep a list of all medications you take.
- Know your medicine allergies.
- Report unusual side effects.
- Ask if lower doses might be helpful depending on your age or any kidney or liver problems.
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