reactions to prescription and over-the-counter drugs kill about 100,000 Americans
each year. Help lower your risk of having a bad reaction to medicines by following
the suggestions listed below.
for your doctor visit. Before you go to the doctor, write down your medical history, the medications
you are currently taking, dietary supplements you are taking and allergic reactions
sure you can read what the doctor wrote on your prescription. Before you leave your doctor, make sure you can read the prescription. If you
know what your doctor has prescribed, you will know if the pharmacy gives you
the wrong medicine.
clear on how you take your medicine. Ask you doctor or pharmacist how much medicine to take and how often to take it.
over the prescription before you leave the pharmacy. Sometimes, the pharmacy makes mistakes. It is important to catch the mistake before
you take the medicine.
aware of side effects and bad reactions. If you think you are having a bad reaction or are experiencing a side effect,
see your doctor immediately.
your medicine in a cool, dry place. Most people store their medicine in the bathroom. The bathroom is often not the
best place to store medicine. Heat and moisture can make medicine less effective.
which medicines interact negatively with others. Tell your doctor the medications you are currently taking so you won't be given
something that will negatively interact with another medicine.