10 Common Mistakes to AVOID when taking Your Medications
1. Not understanding what you are taking
Know the names, reason for use, and possible side effects.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you do not understand the instructions.
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Contact your pharmacist or doctor if you are having a side effect.
2. Taking your medication just when you think of it
Take your medicines exactly as directed by your doctor or pharmacist
3. Stop taking your medicine when you think you feel better
Continue taking all of your medicines until the doctor says to stop
4. Relying on just your memory to recall what you need to take
Keep an updated written list of all of your prescription medicines, sample medicines, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, vitamins, and dietary/herbal supplements. Ask your pharmacist if they can put a list together for you.
5. Thinking that expired medicines are still OK to use
Do not use old or expired medicines. Return them to your pharmacy for safe disposal.
6. Thinking that medicines can be stored anywhere that is convenient.
Store medicines in a cool and dry place
Do not store medicines in the heat (e.g., near the stove), in direct sunlight (on a windowsill) or in a wet or damp place (bathroom).
7. Storing your medicines in multiple locations
Keep all of your medicines in one place unless they need to be stored in the fridge.
Keep out of reach of children.
8. Shop at many different pharmacies for your medications.
Use only one pharmacy for all of your prescription medicines.
The idea is to get to know your pharmacist so they will get to know you and can keep track of all the medications you take.
9. Thinking that Non-Prescription Medicines are safe for anyone to take.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor before taking any over-the-counter (OTC) medicines
10. Thinking that you do not need to be bored with all the details
Be a little pro-active and be responsible for your health
Read all of your medicine labels and written instructions before taking each medicine