Taking Medicines

Taking Medicines Safely

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1. When you have a prescription filled,





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When you have a prescription filled

  • Check the label on your medicine before leaving the pharmacy. It should have your name on it and the directions given by your doctor. If it doesn’t, don’t take it, and talk with the pharmacist.
  • Make sure you can read and understand the name of the medicine and the directions on the container and on the color-coded warning stickers on the bottle. If the label is hard to read, ask your pharmacist to use larger type.
  • Ask about special instructions on where to store a medicine. For example, should it be kept in the refrigerator or in a dry place?

You should also

  • Check that you can open the container. If not, ask the pharmacist to put your medicines in bottles that are easier to open.
  • Tell the pharmacist if you have trouble swallowing pills. There may be liquid medicine available. Do not chew, break, or crush tablets without first finding out if the drug will still work.