Rules You Should Follow While Taking Medicine

Rules You Should Follow While Taking Medicine

USE MEDICINES WISELY

About 30% to 50% of those who use medicines do not use them as directed. This causes more doctor visits, hospital stays, lost wages and changed prescriptions. All this costs Americans more than $100 billion each year.

Adults often take care of medicines for the whole family, as well as themselves. So we need to read the label, avoid problems, ask questions and keep a record.

1. READ THE LABEL

Before you take any medicine, read the label. The label should show:

List of ingredients - If you know you are allergic to anything in the medicine, don't use it. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a different medicine.

Warnings - Read these carefully.

The expiration date- Do not use a medicine after the date on the bottle.It may not work as well.

For more information on your medicines ask your pharmacist.

2. AVOID PROBLEMS

Medicines can cause problems, or side effects; such as sleepiness, vomiting, bleeding, headaches or rashes. Ask about the side effects of the medicines you are taking. Talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse.

3. ASK QUESTIONS

If you are pregnant or nursing a baby, seek the advice of a health professional before taking any medication or diet supplement. Talk with your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. She/he will be happy to help you.

List any allergies:_______________________________________
Doctor:_______________________________________________
Phone number:_________________________________________

4. Keep a record of medicines you use

Check beside for the ones you use:

NAME:_________________________

List your prescription medicines

DATE NAME OF MY MEDICINE HOW MUCH DO I TAKE WHEN DO I TAKE IT WHAT DO I USE IT FOR REFILLS
EXAMPLE XXXX 1 tablet 400 mg 3 times a day after meals Arthritis 2
           
           
           
           
           

KEEP THIS IN YOUR PURSE OR POCKET AND SHOW IT TO YOUR DOCTORS, PHARMACIST OR NURSE.

Report serious medication problems to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

The article has been taken from the document developed by FDA's Office of Women's Health (OWH) and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS).

Additional resources on drug and food safety can be found on USA Food and Drug Administration page

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