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Patients' Steps to Safe Medication Use

  • Take every medication, both prescription and non-prescription, to every doctors visit and discuss each in detail.
  • Ask your physician to inform you fully about each prescription and ask how it may affect other medications you are taking.
  • Insist that your physician and pharmacist inform you about what to expect when you take the medicine. Take notes.
  • Make certain you can read your physicians written prescription and ask for written material about the medicine.
  • Insist that your pharmacist keep a computerized record of all of your prescriptions and give you written information including a list of interactions with other medicines or foods.
  • Inform your physician of any side effect you experience from medications, including allergic reactions.



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