Medications in an Emergency

Friday, October 17, 2014

How prepared are you for an emergency? You may think you have everything covered, but what about your medications? Dr. Edward Hill discusses emergency preparedness and medications in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

We always need to be prepared for an emergency. Wherever you live, there is the chance of something happening to disrupt your daily life.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists recommends the following tips for people as they prepare for any emergency.

Keep a list of all your medications in your wallet or purse, including drug name, dosage and schedule.

Store three to five days of medications that are important to your health. Include any medications used to stabilize an existing medical condition.

Dont store your medications in areas that are susceptible to extremes in heat, cold and humidity.

Rotate your medications whenever you get your prescriptions refilled to make sure they are used before their expiration date.

Refill your prescriptions while you still have at least a five to seven day supply of medications left.

If you use injectable medications or a nebulizer, talk to your physician or pharmacist for appropriate emergency preparation plans.

Taking a few minutes now may help you stay healthy under stressful circumstances.

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