Five things You Must Know Before Taking Your Medication
Last Edited: April 2nd, 2012

Medication errors are one of the leading causes of preventable injuries in this country. In order to safeguard your health, follow these simple but key practices before you start any new medication routine.

  1. Don't assume your doctor knows about all of the medications, including supplements and vitamins you are taking. On your next doctor visit, update him on everything you are taking so that he can look for potential drug interactions.
  2. Always read the medication label before taking your pills. It takes just two seconds to grab a bottle of medication X when you think it is medication Z and you have a potential health threat on your hands. Therefore, take an extra moment before you pop the cap off of your medication bottle to read the label before consuming any medication.
  3. Arm yourself with knowledge of how your medication is supposed to work before taking your first dose. Learn about the potential for side effects and dosage instructions, such as whether to take your medication with or without food, before you take anything.
  4. If you don't use one pharmacy for all of your medication needs, start now. Not only does this make your life less complicated, but it also protects your health and avoids the potential for any drug interaction effects, as your medication history at one pharmacist may not be communicated with another pharmacist's.
  5. Get in the habit of storing your medication in a cool and dry place. The bathroom medicine chest is perhaps one of the worst and most dangerous places in your home that you can store your medications. The humidity and dampness can degrade and effect the potency of your prescriptions. Therefore, look for a kitchen pantry shelf away from the stove and other heated devices and out of the reach of children as a safe storage area for your medications.

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