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.
Use Medicines as Directed.
Avoid Common Problems.
- Mix your old medicine with other trash like coffee grounds or kitty litter in a sealed plastic bag. Put the bag in the trash.
- Scratch off your name on any medicine bottle to protect your personal health information.
- Ask your pharmacist about a drug take-back program where you can drop off unused medicines.
- 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.