To avoid the possibility of medication overdose, interaction or reaction; or to avoid missing a medication — you must pay attention to how often, how, and which medications you take.
The American Heart Association offers several great suggestions to help you safely manage your medications:
- Store medications in a cool, dark dry place. Don’t store them in a bathroom or anywhere else that’s prone to moisture.
- Know which medications, including over-the-counter drugs, that shouldn’t be taken at the same time.
- Always take medications the way your doctor tells you to, and for as long as he or she prescribes.
- Remind yourself to refill your prescriptions before you run out.
- To better track your medications, get them all filled at one pharmacy.
- Build a relationship with a pharmacist, and try to always consult with the same one. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Tell each of your doctors about every medication you take, including any over-the-counter and herbal remedies.
- Don’t suffer through side effects. Speak with your doctor about potential ways to prevent them.
- Don’t split or crush any medication unless your pharmacist says it’s OK; it can affect the way the medication works.