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Guide to Safe Use of Prescription Drugs: Know Your Medical History

Provide your doctor or healthcare professional with a complete medical history.  Be sure to inform him/her of anything unusual about your personal or family health history, or any changes in your diet or lifestyle, before a prescription is…

Patient Health Literacy

Health professionals often assume that their patients can read and write. They routinely provide patients with written information that appears on prescription bottles, and as educational pamphlets, appointment cards and consent forms. Yet a study found that patients…

Guide to Safe Use of Prescription Drugs: Ask About Side Effects

Ask your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional about any side effects associated with the medication and any specific recommendations about how and when to take it. Virtually any drug will occasionally cause an unwanted reaction. A side…

Guide to Safe Use of Prescription Drugs: Follow Prescription Directions

Take your medicine only as it is prescribed and NEVER exceed the recommended dose unless instructed by your doctor or other healthcare profesisonal. Always take your medication as instructed by your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional, and…

Guide to Safe Use of Prescription Drugs: Monitor Your Reactions

Pay close attention to how your body reacts after taking a medication and contact your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms. When taking prescription medicines, there are many possible explanations for…