Knowing Medications

In order to practice medication safety, you and your loved one should know the following facts about every medication that he or she takes.

Many individuals take multiple medications, which include both over-the-counter drugs bought at the grocery store and doctor-prescribed medications obtained at the pharmacy. Regardless of the nature of the drug, it is extremely important to know about each different medication. By answering the few simple questions below, you and your loved one can avoid many possible medication problems, including problems with medication schedules, side effects, and drug interactions.

If you find that you are unable to answer any of these questions, contact your loved one’s pharmacist or doctor with your unanswered questions. Even if you are able to complete this form for each medication, it’s a good idea to show it to your loved one’s doctor or pharmacist and have a medical professional verify your answers.

  • What is the medicine’s brand name or generic name?
  • What is the medication used for?
  • How does the medication work?
  • When should the medication be taken?
  • For how long should the medication be taken?
  • How long does it take the medication to begin to work?
  • What are the medication’s possible side effects?
  • If these side effects or an unexpected reaction occurs, what does your loved one’s doctor suggest that you do?
  • What warnings are printed on the medication package?
  • When your loved one takes this medication, which activities should he or she avoid?

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