Whether you use medications or take care of someone who does, it’s important to be aware of guidelines for safe use.

Asking questions is often the first step toward using medication safely. Oftentimes, we may not realize all of the indications, mechanisms, and side effects of the different drugs we take and how they interact with one another. Talking to your doctor or pharmacist to gain a clear understanding of the risks and benefits of taking medication, why you are taking medication, and how it affects your body is essential to safe use. 

We recommend checking prescriptions, reading labels and patient information, and keeping the lines of communication open with your doctor or pharmacist when caring for yourself or somebody else. In addition, keep medication and supplements up and away from children in the home to prevent accidental ingestion and overdose.

It is even more important during the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic to stay informed about prescription drug safety and treatments. The disease provides illegal online drug sellers opportunities to prey on fearful consumers. View the latest resources and safety information to protect your family.

Tips for Using Medication Safely

If you suspect that you or someone you know has overdosed, call 800/222-1222 (American Association of Poison Control Centers) or 911.

Tips for Caregivers

Care giver supporting loved one by helping them safely use their prescriptions.

If you are caring for another person, there are some concrete steps you can take to ensure safe medication use. 

How Your Pharmacist Can Help

Pharmacist assisting patient with questions about their prescription.

Your pharmacist can assist in many aspects of health care. When you visit the pharmacy, you can ask them to help you:

COVID-19 Resources

Treatments used for COVID-19 should be prescribed by your health care provider. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has compiled information about guidance and treatments heath care providers may recommend to patients. Serious harm can arise from taking products that are not approved to treat COVID-19.

Avoid drugs that are labeled falsely to treat COVID-19. Talk to your health care provider or pharmacist with questions. Additional information can be found online through Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) MedWatch adverse event reporting program to learn more about medical product safety. 

Additional resources with drug safety and wellbeing information are available to keep you up to date.