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July 18th Newsletter- Medication Safety

According to a new study, medication errors at home have severely increased over the years. Here is a list of ways you can help prevent medication errors in your home.

  • Make sure that all of your doctors know about each medicine you are taking, including prescription, over-the-counter medicines, and dietary supplements, vitamins and herbs. Have a list of each medication you take or bring your medicine with you to doctor appointments.
  • Make sure your doctors and pharmacists know about any allergies and adverse reactions you have had to medicines to make sure you avoid getting a medicine that could harm you.
  • Ask for information about your medicines—both when your medicines are prescribed and when you pick them up from the pharmacy. The following are questions you should ask if you don’t know the answer:
    • What is the medicine for?
    • How am I supposed to take it and for how long?
    • What side effects are likely? What do I do if they occur?
    • Is this medicine safe to take with other medicines or dietary supplements I am taking?
    • What food, drink, or activities should I avoid while taking this medicine?
  • Use the dosing device that comes with liquid medicine. Don’t use household teaspoons and tablespoons. If you don’t have one, our pharmacy will gladly supply you with one. Special devices, like dosing cups and marked syringes, help people measure the right dose.
  • Protect children:
    • Put all medicines out of children’s reach and sight.
    • Make sure you re-lock the caps on medicine bottles after use.
    • Remind family and friends who spend time with your kids to secure their medications too.
    • Teach your kids about medicine safety. Explain that medicine is not candy and they should not take a medicine unless you or another trusted adult gives it to them.

Never hesitate to ask questions or share concerns with your doctor, health provider, or any of our pharmacists. Being active in the discussions about your medications can help prevent errors.