We take medicine to help us.
Many people take more than one type of medicine each day.
- You may take medicine from time to time to help you feel better:
- For example, when you have a headache or a cold.
- You may also take medicine every day to help you be as healthy as you can be:
- For example, if you have seizures, diabetes or high blood pressure.
Medicine can help us, but it can also be very dangerous!
- People may take more than one type of medicine to treat the same health concern.
- People may take more than one type of medicine because they have more than one health concern.
Following directions will help you to take medicine safely.
- People may take too much, or too little, of one medicine, and become ill.
- Sometimes two or more medicines do not work well together.
- When you take two or more types of medicine at the same time or on the same day, one of them may stop working.
- Sometimes taking two medicines together may make you ill.
It is very important to follow these directions!
- Prescription and over-the-counter medicines always come with directions that tell you how to use them.
- Prescription medicines are those your doctor orders for you.
- Over-the-counter medicines (sometimes called OTC) are those you can buy at a store without a note from a doctor.
Before you take any medicine, ask yourself these questions:
- Directions give you information about:
- How much medicine to take
- How often to take the medicine
- When to take the medicine - for example, with a meal or before bedtime
Tell your doctor and supports what medicines you are taking.
- Does this medicine belong to me?
- If it is a prescription, the medicine should have your name on it.
- Is this the right medicine for me to take?
- Am I taking the right amount?
- Is this the right time to take my medicine?
- Am I taking the medicine in the right way?
- Medicine can be swallowed, rubbed on your skin, given in a shot, or taken in other ways.
There are many things others can do to help you take medicine safely.
- Before you start taking a new medicine, it is important that you tell your doctor or pharmacist what medicines you are already taking.
- They will tell you if you can take the new medicine along with the others.
You can tell others if the medicine makes you feel better or worse.
- You can ask your doctor, a nurse, or a pharmacist to explain directions about your medicine to you.
- Your supports and family can learn about your medicine and can help you to take the right dose.
Asking questions can help others make sure you take medicine safely.
- Medicines can cause changes, or "side effects," in your body that you do not want.
- Side effects can be:
- Physical (such as an upset stomach or thirst)
- Behavioral (such as feeling sleepy)
- Emotional (such as feeling angry or sad)
- If you feel side effects, you should TELL someone.
Here are a few more questions to ask.
- Some questions you might want to ask are:
- What is this medicine supposed to do?
- How should I take this medicine?
- How long will it be before I know it is working?
- What should I do if I forget to take my medicine?
- Should this medicine be taken with food or drink?
You can stay safe and healthy by following some simple rules.
- Can I take this medicine with other medicines?
- What are the side effects?
- If I feel side effects, what should I do?
- Should I keep this medicine in a special place?
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- Learn about the medicines you are taking.
- Follow directions.
- Ask yourself questions about your medicine before you take it.
- Ask others about your medicine.
- Tell others how you feel.