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Safe Medication

 

Safe Medication

 
Below are safety tips that every parent should use to prevent accidental poisoning of medication:

Avoid taking drugs & medicine in the presence of children, as they often try to imitate adults.
Don't call medicine "candy."
Try to use child-resistant closures on medicine and other products.
Keep all medications (both prescription and nonprescription) in their original child-resistant containers.
Always turn on the light when giving or taking medicine.
Check drugs & medicine periodically for expiration dates.
Avoid putting drugs & medicine in open containers because many drugs & medicine can be deadly to children.
Be aware that vitamins, particularly those containing iron, can be poisonous if taken in large doses.
Children are especially suspectible to adverse effects from vitamin overdosing.
In cases of poisoning, contact your family physician or rush to the nearest hospital.

Beware of Medication Myths & blind beliefs

MYTH : NONPRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS ARE SAFER THAN PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS.
TRUTH : All medications, even those sold without a prescription, have the potential to cause harm. Adverse reactions to nonprescription medicines can sometimes occur even when patients follow instructions exactly. In addition, the effects of certain prescription medications can be significantly bolstered or weakened if taken with some nonprescription medicines. Patients should tell their physician and pharmacist about all the medications, including vitamins and herbal supplements, they are taking to help avoid potentially dangerous drug interactions.

MYTH : HERBALS ARE SAFE BECAUSE THEY ARE “NATURAL.”
TRUTH : Herbal supplements can be dangerous because they are not regulated as drugs by the FDA,Drugs Control and no clinical studies are required to show their safety and effectiveness. In fact, studies have shown that the active ingredients within the same type of product vary by up to 150 percent. Additionally, some herbal supplements can interact negatively with prescription and nonprescription medicines. Always tell your doctor and pharmacist about any herbal supplements you are taking.

MYTH: SPLITTING PILLS IS ALWAYS A SAFE WAY TO SAVE MONEY.
TRUTH : Consumers, especially seniors, often split pills to save money, but doing so can disrupt essential properties of the medications. For example, some medications contain a time-release property that is destroyed when a pill is cut, reducing the medication’s safety. Also, because some pills are made with a protective coating to prevent nausea, an upset stomach may result if the coating is broken. Always ask your pharmacist if a pill is safe to split.

MYTH : CHILDREN CAN TAKE ADULT MEDICATIONS IN SMALLER DOSES.
TRUTH : When it comes to medications, children are not small adults. Children may react differently than adults to the same medication. For example, antihistamines cause drowsiness in adults but may cause hyperactivity in children. The proper dosage for children may be lower than for adults; however, in some cases, children require larger doses than adults. Always ask your child's doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about the correct dose of a medication.

MYTH : THE BATHROOM CABINET IS A GOOD PLACE TO STORE MEDICATIONS.
TRUTH: Medications should never be stored in the bathroom because of the negative effects of excessive heat and humidity. Additionally, the bathroom is an easy place for children to explore, and medications should always be kept out of children’s reach. Medicines should ideally be stored in a secure, dark location at 65 to 80 degrees, with little humidity.

MYTH : MEDICATIONS CAN BE TAKEN SAFELY WITH ANY LIQUID.
TRUTH : Instructions on medication administration should be read carefully. Some liquids may enhance or diminish the effect of a medication. For example, grapefruit juice helps in the absorption of certain AIDS medications; however, it completely inactivates some medications for high blood pressure. Always check with your pharmacist to determine which liquids are safe to take with your medicines.

MYTH : BUYING MEDICATIONS ON THE INTERNET IS SAFE.
TRUTH : Consumers who buy medications via the Internet should exercise extreme caution.You should also stay away from Web sites that do not require a doctor's prescription for a prescription-only medicine. According to available information, around 30 percent of consumers who purchased prescription drugs online said they were not asked for a prescription.

MYTH : MY SPOUSE’S PRESCRIPTION FOR THE SAME AILMENT CAN HELP ME.
TRUTH : Taking a medication that is not prescribed for you is never recommended. This is because physicians prescribe medications based on an individual’s needs and circumstances, taking into consideration factors such as age, weight, existing medical conditions and other prescriptions.

MYTH : MY DOCTOR KNOWS WHICH MEDICATIONS I’M TAKING.
TRUTH : In some cases, a doctor may not have your complete medical history. Therefore, you should take an active role in your own care by telling your physician about your medical history and reviewing with him or her all of the medications you are taking, especially if more than one doctor has prescribed medications for you. You should also feel free to ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you have related to both prescription and nonprescription medications.

Do you know?
Pharmacists are also experts in Drugs and Medicines. They have advanced education and training in drug therapy management, hold degree in Pharmacy, attend residency programs, practice throughout the continum of care, including manufacture, dispensing and community pharmacy.

 


 
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