Using Medications Safely

Safety Tips For Using Medications

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At Home:

At the doctor's office and the pharmacy:

Get clear instructions regarding your medications:

Purpose: What condition is the medication meant to treat?
Dose: How many doses do I take per day, and at what times?
Duration: How long must I take the medication?

Effects:
How will I know if the medication is working?
              How long must I take it before I notice its full benefit?

Side Effects:
What possible side effects should I look for?
                       Who should I call if I think I'm having an unwanted side effect?

Restrictions:
Should I take the medication with or without food?
                       Should I avoid certain things while I'm taking the medicine? (alcohol, sun exposure, over-the-counter preparations, etc)