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Medication Safety Information

Medications contain powerful chemicals that can alter the way your body functions, therefore it is essential to use them correctly.

Your physician, nurse and pharmacist are professionals who are committed to helping you use your medications safely. As a patient, you are ultimately responsible for using your medications as directed.

Since patients often see more than one physician and may have prescriptions filled in more than one location, patients are the best source of information to provide a current and accurate medication list. You must know the names and doses of your medications as well as why you are taking them. Inform your pharmacist and physician of your complete medication regimen. This allows healthcare providers to check for potential drug interactions, drug duplications and other opportunities to improve the safety, effectiveness and cost of your medications.

Ask your healthcare provider to clarify medication instructions.

Questions for your Physician or Pharmacist:

  • What is name of this medication? Is this the brand name or the generic name?
  • What does this medication do?
  • What are the side effects and what should I do if I experience any negative side effects?
  • When should I start to notice the medication is working?
  • What do I do if I miss a dose?
  • Does this new medication interact with any other drugs or supplements I am taking?
  • Does this medication replace any others I am currently taking?
  • Should I take this medication with food or on an empty stomach?
  • Are there any foods, beverages or activities I should avoid while taking this medication?
  • Can I get refills for this medication and how often?

Complete a Personal Medical Record to ensure you will have an updated list of all the medications you are currently taking, INCLUDING OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS AND SUPPLEMENTS.