Use Medicines Wisely

Use Medicines Wisely


About half of people who use
medicines do not use them as directed. This can cause serious
health problems. Here are some things to
keep in mind to help use medicines wisely: Talk to
your health care provider about your medicines. Ask questions to know what
you’re taking and why, when you should
take it and how. Also, ask about
side effects. Before you take
any medicine, make sure it is
the right one. Check the label for a
list of ingredients, warnings and the
expiration date. If you’re allergic to
anything in the medicine, don’t use it. Ask your doctor or
pharmacist for a different one. Make a list of the
medicines that you take. Use the “My Medicines”
brochure to keep track of your prescriptions and
Over-The-Counter medicines. Write the name
of your medicine, how much you should
take and when, and what the medicine’s
for. Keep the list with you all the time and show
it to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. To
get your “My Medicines” brochure, go to:
fda.gov/womenshealthsafemeds

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