Safe Use

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.

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

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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

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