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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Medicine: Dos and Don'ts

Medicine Dos...
  • Take medicines with food or just after (unless told otherwise) check the ingredients to avoid duplication.
  • Do stick to the same brands of medicine in repeat prescriptions.
  • Do see your doctor regularly to avoid unnecessary medicines.
  • Ensure that you have understood the directions for drug use
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist about any drugs you are already taking; prescription, over the counter, complementary, alternative or recreational.
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, intend to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist about any allergic reactions you have had to previous medicines.
  • Medicines should be taken in the exact manner they have been prescribed.
  • Check for the effects of your medication
  • Ask the doctor for any food that you need to avoid if you are taking certain medication.
  • The timings of medication should be strictly followed
  • Store medicines in a cool, dry place and protect them from light or refrigerate them if advised to do so.
  • All medicines should be kept out of reach of children.
  • The full course of the medication should be completed.
Medicine Don’ts...
  • Taking medicines without the knowledge of the directions of use.
  • Leaving the medicine within the reach of children
  • Taking medicines without consulting the doctor especially when you are pregnant
  • Miss any doses
  • Once you’ve finished a course take any remaining back to the pharmacist for safe disposal. Do not stockpile them.
  • Changing medication schedule without consulting the doctor.
  • Taking same medicine as prescribed to someone else.
  • Taking more than the dose stated.
  • Sharing medicine with someone else.
  • Crush or break pills unless your doctor instructs you to do so.
  • Using expired medicines.
  • Storing medicines in sunlight or improper environment.

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