Medication Safety Tips

People of age above 50 years or older take more medications than any other age group. Taking medications some times risky to those people as a group tend to have more long-term, chronic illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart diseases etc,. Because they may have a number of health issues at the same time they tend to take multiple medications.

Taking multiple medicines is not always easy because it may be hard to remember what each medicine is for, and how and when you should take it.

So, below are some helpful instructions about taking medicines to avoid any mistakes that can cause severe health issues:

  • Always take medication which is prescribed for you only so that the dosage will be correctly meet according to your needs. Here make sure that don’t take others medicine because it can be extremely dangerous.
  • Before taking it, always check the label on your medicine whether it is intended for the correct person or not.
  • Throw the medications which are expired or discontinued because it loses its effectiveness, and keeping discontinued medication in your home can make it all too easy for mix-ups to occur.
  • Never put or multiple medications in the same bottle.
  • Don’t take the medicines which are not marked clearly by the doctor.
  • Read and save any written information that comes with the medicine.
  • At correct time, take the medicine.
  • Never take more or less than the prescribed amount of any medicine.
  • If swallowing tablets is difficult, then ask your doctor whether there is a liquid form of the medicine or whether you could crush your tablets.
  • Always keep medicines out of children.
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Updated: August 22, 2013 — 7:40 am © 2009 - 2017