Lifesaving Tips for Taking Your Medication
Last Edited: April 12th, 2012

Every year, millions of people are admitted into the hospital for emergency health conditions that could have been prevented. Many of those visits are due to mistakes in taking prescription or non prescription medication. Even though this is so prevalent, these medical errors can easily be avoided by following a few lifesaving tips for taking your medication.

Follow these tips to protect your health and your life.

  1. Always read the prescription bottle's label before you take it. Once we establish a medication routine, sometime we too quickly pop a pill without knowing what we are taking. This simple step, which takes mere seconds, can prevent you from taking something you shouldn't or overdosing or under-dosing on your routine medication.
  2. Tell your doctor about every medication you are taking and if you experience any unusual side effects while taking it. Keeping your doctor completely informed of your health keeps you safe and it helps him/her do their job better.
  3. Learn as much as you can about the medications you are taking, including their potential for side effects, how you should take them and when you should take them. If you should take your medication with just water, then don't take it with your coffee. If you should take your medication one hour apart from taking other medications, it is very important you set a daily medication schedule and stick to it.

By following these lifesaving strategies, you stay in control of your health and your life.


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