Proper Medication Use

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Whether you take numerous medications to manage health problems or just an occasional over-the-counter pain reliever, there are steps you should take to stay safe. Dr. Edward Hill discusses medication safety in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Todays medications 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 medications 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, especially if this is different from the originally prescribed directions.

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

Request written information on the drug.

Ask questions about anything you dont understand.

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 if you are too ill.

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