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Medication Safety
  • State ALL medications and allergies to nurses, doctors and others who ask. This includes prescription, over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements such as vitamins and herbs.
  • Ask for information about your medications in terms you can understand.
    • What is this medicine for?
    • How am I supposed to take it and for how long?
    • What side effects are likely?
    • What do I do if side effects 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?
  • When your doctor writes you a prescription, make sure you can read it. If you can’t read your doctor’s handwriting, your pharmacist might not be able to either.
  • When you pick up your medicine from the pharmacy, check that it is what the doctor prescribed.


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