Prescription Tips

    Always take medications as instructed by your doctor, pharmacist or other health care professional. Do not change the way you take them unless instructed to do so. If a medication is intended to be taken until the full prescription is gone, do so.

 

  • Keep medications in their original labeled containers.
  • Never take another person’s prescription medication or share yours with anyone, even if the other person appears to have the same medical condition as you.
  • Store medications where children cannot see or reach them, or in a secured cupboard or cabinet. Teach children that medications can be dangerous if misused. Never refer to medications as candy.
  • Do not chew, crush or break capsules or tablets unless instructed to do so.
  • Do not store medications in bathroom medicine cabinet or in direct sunlight as humidity, heat and light can affect a medication’s potency. Do not store in a refrigerator unless instructed to do so.
  • Do not take medication in the dark. Although you may think you know what’s in a bottle or that you grabbed the correct bottle, turn on a light to be sure.
  • Avoid opening medication bottles over a sink. Often prescription medications are lost when spilled into the sink and down the drain.
  • It is helpful to bring all of your medicines with you to your doctor’s appointment—this way you can talk about all aspects of your medications and your doctor can make certain your records are up to date.
  • When you buy over-the-counter medications, read the labels carefully – they may contain ingredients you do not want or should not take. Ask your pharmacist for help if you have difficulty selecting the right product.