Use Medicines Wisely
Medicines can treat health problems and help you live a healthier life. When used incorrectly, medicines can cause serious injuries or even death. Many of these problems can be prevented. Read this guide to learn four (4) ways to avoid common medicine mistakes.
- What is the name of the medicine?
- What is the active ingredient(s)?
- What is the medicine for?
- How much do I take and when should I take it?
- What does it look like?
- When does it expire?
- Are there any side effects or special warnings?
- What should I do if I start having side effects?
- Can I take it if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What other medicines or foods should I avoid?
Write down the important facts about each medicine you take.
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Use Medicines as Directed.
Avoid Common Problems.
Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist how you should get rid of unused medicines. Find out if you should:
flush it down the toilet or sink.
put it in a sealed plastic bag with coffee grounds or kitty litter and throw it in the trash.
drop it off at a drug take-back program in your community.
Be sure to scratch off your name and personal information before you put empty pill bottles in the trash.
Make sure that children can’t get to medicines including patches that you put in the trash.
Check the FDA website to see which medicines should be flushed down the toilet or sink.
Lock It Up.
Watch the video to learn how to safely store your medicines at home.
- Get a record keeper to list your medicines.
- Download a booklet to help you talk to your doctor about your prescription medicines.
- Watch videos to learn other helpful tips.