Medicines/Drugs - Do’s and Don’ts of taking medicines
These are all fairly common sense ones really but sometimes it helps just to go over them
- Ask your GP/Nurse what the new medicine is for and any special instructions.
- Read the information leaflet that is provided with your medication, if there isn't one provided, ask the pharmacist for one
- Take the whole course of medication that you have been given
- Make sure you take all your medicines with you if you go into hospital or on holiday in their original packets
- Tell you doctor if you think you might be pregnant
- Make sure your GP remembers your specific allergies if you have any when they are writing out your new prescription
- Take the medicine at the same time every day
- Use special pill boxes to help you remember to take your medication – set up alarms on you mobile if you are forgetful or a clock at home, or use a calendar.
- Ask for larger print on labels if you have difficulty with reading.
- Ask your pharmacist if you have problems swallowing tablets if it comes in a liquid form or if you can half or crush the tablets.
- Ask your pharmacist advice about over the counter drugs and if they will interact badly with your current medication.
- Take anyone else’s medicine
- Give your medicine to anyone else
- Flush unused medicines down the toilet or throw in the bin –instead return to your pharmacist.
- Take over-the-counter medications, vitamins or herbal remedies without talking to your GP, or pharmacist
- Stop taking your medicine without consulting your doctor
- Use out of date medication – return to pharmacist
- Store your medicines in a bathroom – they should be kept away from heat light and moisture.
- Take any medicine which is discoloured or has an unusual smell - return them to the pharmacy
- Keep your medicines where children can have access to them/
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