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Your medication: 11 things you must know

Improper medication use is a major cause of health problems and preventable emergency department visits. Don't end up in the emergency room – make sure you know your medication and how to use it.

Here are 11 things you must know to protect your health:

  1. What is this medication called?
  2. Why am I taking this medication?
  3. Is this medication intended to replace any of my other medications?
  4. What is the proper way to use this medication?
    1. How much should I take?
    2. How often should I take it?
    3. When is the best time of day to take it?
  5. What should I do if I forget to take a dose?
  6. How do I safely store the medication, and how long is it good for?
  7. What side effects can this medication cause, and how should I deal with them?
  8. When should I seek emergency medical attention for a side effect?
  9. How long should I continue taking this medication?
  10. How can I safely stop the medication? (For some medications, you'll need to gradually reduce your dose to prevent withdrawal symptoms – ask your pharmacist whether yours is one of them.)
  11. Will this medication interact with any of my other medications, foods, alcohol, or alternative medical treatments (such as herbals or homeopathy)?

Knowing the answers to these questions could save your life. If you aren't sure of the answers, ask your pharmacist or doctor.

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