What you need to know about your medication
Here are some important tips that we hope will help you to identify what you need to do with the medications prescribed for you.
1. At Home
· Use only the medication prescribed by your doctor.
· Keep medication in bottle and, read the label every use to confirm name and doses. Moreover, call your doctor or pharmacist if you have any inquires.
· Never take medication in the dark in order to know the name and dose exactly.
· Do not stop medication whenever the symptoms improve unless recommended by your doctor.
· Never store and mix medications together in one container, but save each one alone.
· Keep all your medication in safe place where children cannot reach it.
· Never keep medication in a car, kitchen or wet places, since heat and humidity may affect the effectiveness of medication .but keep it either in refiregeter or in room below 25 and dry place .
· Check the date written on medications; dispose of all expired ones.
· Contact your doctor immediately whenever, you feel that the medication does not work properly, or causes you pain.
2. In the hospital
· Bring all your prescribed non-prescribed medications like, vitamins and herbs in their original bottles if you have admission appointment.
· Inform your doctor about any allergies or reactions that you have had with any medication.
· Never keep the medication near your bed or in the refrigerator without informing the nurse and the doctor.
· When you feel that the medication does not work properly, or causes pain, inform your doctor or the responsible nurse.
· On discharge day, ask your doctor or nurse about prescribed medication, and how to use them
3. In the pharmacy
· Ask the pharmacist about medication name and use and make sure that the information match with what your doctor told you.
· If you use more than one medication, make sure it is within your medication list.
· Make sure that medication refill is the same colour, size, and shape. If there is any difference, ask the pharmacist about medication name, use, and the information on the bottle.
· If you have any questions about your medication, ask your pharmacist.
4. In the clinic
· Bring all the prescribed and non-prescribed medication and herpes you use in your appointment day, so that the doctor know what you are using.
· Inform your doctor about any symptoms you have experienced in the past when using one of these medication.
What you need to know about medication that you use?
· Medication name.
· Reasons for use.
· Medication intake time.
· The appropriate dose.
· Medication use
· Possibility intake with food.
· Duration of medication intake.
· Are there any side effects of the medication? What should I do when have symptoms.
· Is it safe to take the medication with other one that I use, including non-prescribed medication like vitamins and herpes?
· What food, drinks, or activities should I avoid while taking it?
· Discard any eye drops or ointment and not use after one month of opening date.
· If you have any surgery, do not use previous medications before consulting your doctor.