Safe Medication Use

Summer 2011 CSANews Issue 79  |  Posted date : Jul 08, 2011.Back to list

• Medication must never be shared. What helps you, may seriously hurt someone else.

• Your medication records are kept confidential and are not shared among pharmacies. To have a complete medication record, you should have your prescriptions filled at the same pharmacy every time.

• Up to 50% of all medication is taken incorrectly. You should know what your medication is for and how to take it.

• Problems with medication account for one in seven emergency admissions of persons over the age of 65.

• Some foods, drinks and over the counter products can interact with your prescription medication and could cause serious harm to your health. This includes alcohol, vitamins and minerals, herbal and natural health products.

• Herbal and natural health products can have strong effects on the body. They are not the same as prescription medication. Do not replace or change your current medication without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.

• Use your medication as directed. Do not stop or change your medication without asking your pharmacist or doctor.

• If you miss a dose, ask your doctor or pharmacist what to do.

• Unless otherwise instructed, finish any antibiotic prescription which you receive - don't stop when your symptoms first improve.

• Tell your doctor and pharmacist about any side effects from your medication.