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Prescription Safety Tips

Quick Tips to Safely Store and Use Your Medication

Prescriptions are vital to combat a wide range of illnesses and help you feel better, but they can do more harm than good if not used properly. First and foremost, you should always consult your doctor before starting or stopping any medication.

Here are some additional ways to ensure you’re taking your prescribed medication properly:

Keep Track of Your Medications

You or your loved one should keep a running list of the medications you’re on, when they were prescribed, and what your dosage is. This helps keep track of changes in dosage and forms a medical history. You should also keep track of who prescribed them in the event that you go to a new doctor, or see an additional specialist who may need to know.

Stay With One Pharmacy

Not only does this make it easier for you to get all of your medications, but it also helps build a record with your pharmacist. They can help track your medications and look out for drug interactions.

When you do pick up a new prescription, make sure it has the correct drug name, your name, and dosage amount.

Be Aware of Side Effects and Adverse Effects

Some medications have common side effects such as drowsiness, upset stomach, or changes in mood. However, some side effects can be quite dangerous, such as blood clots. If you develop a new symptom after taking a new medicine, you should speak to your pharmacist and your doctor right away.

Store Your Medication Properly

Storing your medicine in a humid environment can actually hinder the effectiveness of the drug you’re taking. You should also store your prescriptions in a dry, cool place — unless your medication specifically says otherwise. Be sure to consult your doctor for specific instructions.

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If you have any questions about your prescription or are in need of medical care, contact our team at Urgentology Care today for assistance: (817) 799-7273

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