Safe Medication Practices

Ask your doctor

  • What is this medication? What is its name?
  • What is the dosage?
  • How often should I take this medication? What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • Are there any side effects? What should I do if I experience them?
  • Should I avoid any foods or other medications while taking this prescription?
  • Should I stay out of the sun while taking this medication?
  • What is the proper way to store this medication?
  • Does the medication interact with any foods, alcohol, other medications (including over-the-counter medications), or activities?
  • Inform the Doctor of any and all other medication you are taking and whether you have any allergies or pre-existing medical conditions
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding

Do not discontinue medicines without the advice of your doctor

Safe Practices : at Home

  • Make a list of medications you are taking now. Include the dose, how often you take them. This would help avoid confusion and prevent overdose.
  • Always check the name of the medicine and its expiry date before taking it.
  • Keep medications in their original containers. Many pills look alike, so by keeping them in their original containers, you will know which is which and how to take them.
  • Don’t store medications in direct sunlight. Humidity, heat and light can affect medications’ potency and safety.
  • Store medications where children can’t see or reach them, for example, in a locked box or cabinet.

Contact your Doctor in case you experience adverse effects


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