Drug Warnings

Monday, October 31, 2011

Reports about potentially dangerous medicines seem to always be in the news. All of this information can be confusing and overwhelming. How can you be sure that your medicines are safe to take? Dr. Edward Hill tells us about drug warnings in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, is the government agency that approves over-the-counter and prescription medicines. If the FDA is concerned about a medicine, it will issue a warning.

A black box warning, also called a boxed warning, is the most serious warning issued by the FDA. It is used to warn patients and doctors about serious side effects of a certain medicine.

A medication guide is a handout that your pharmacist will give you if your medicine might cause serious side effects. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about what you read in a medication guide.

If you hear about one of your medicines on the news, write down as much information about the report as you can remember. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

Talk to your doctor if you are worried about your medicine. The benefit you are getting from the medicine may be more important than the side effect.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.