Medication Safety

Monday, July 08, 2013

More than one million people are injured each year in the United States due to medication errors. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Ed Hill gives us some tips on how to avoid these errors.

Dr. Hill:

Todays medicines are extremely powerful and complex. They can be very helpful when used properly. Used improperly, however, they can cause serious harm, even death. Be sure you are making the best use of your medicines by doing the following:

Keep a list of all that you take, including prescription drugs, nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal and nutritional supplements.

Tell your health care provider how you actually take your medication if different from the prescribed directions.

Ask if you should avoid certain foods, beverages or activities while you are taking the drug.

Request written information on the drug.

Ask questions about anything you dont understand or that doesnt seem right. Be especially alert to unexpected changes, such as a medication that seems to have a different strength or appearance from your original prescription. Be sure to report any unexpected side effects that you experience to your physician.

Ask a friend or relative to help you follow these suggestions.

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