Medication Safety

Medication Management Tips

  • Do research on all the medications you are taking. Know their names, dosage, how often it needs to be taken, the purpose of the medication, and the possible side effects. 
  • Make sure all your medications are in one place. If they are in different locations of your house there is a greater chance of them getting lost. It's important for them to be kept in a cool and dry place. Moisture or extreme heat can harm the drugs. 
  • Stay organized and pre-sort out your medications for the week. The easiest way to do this is getting a week long pill organizer. If you have pills you need to take multiple times a day there are organizers that come with many compartments! 
  • Make a list of all the medications, vitamins, or supplements you are taking and the times and dosages for each. Hang this paper up where you keep your medications so you can stay organized. 
  • Always make sure to check for negative drug interactions. If you are unsure about certain medications talk with your doctor. 
  • Understand the side effects of each of your medications and if you notice any changes contact your doctor right away. 
  • Always plan ahead with your medication refills. If your medication is not on automatic refill, call your pharmacy when you start getting low on your pills. You can even mark your calendar so you remember to order that refill you need. 

    Source: http://dailycaring.com
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