• Keep a complete list, including allergies in a “Medication Log” and follow information and use the helpful sheets you can find in our books. 
  • Give your pharmacist a complete list of all your medications, supplements, and other over the counter preparations.
  • Discuss new medications with your pharmacist and ask what you should watch for and report.
  • If you have to price shop to minimize a financial burden, make sure all your pharmacies have a complete list.
  • Report any unusual symptoms to your doctor immediately, even if they are from over the counter preparations. 
  • If you have any signs of an allergic reaction, such as swelling, hives, or difficulty breathing, seek emergency treatment
  • Keep an updated medication list that includes allergies, reactions, and include any medication you stopped, why, and the date.
  • Let others who live with you, or close family and friends, know when you are starting a new medication or over the counter preparation.
  • Keep your pharmacists number handy. Ask them for their business card, and call them if you have questions. Having a pharmacist that takes their job seriously is just as important as having any other healthcare provider that does the same.​​
  • Do NOT assume your physician or pharmacist is report any adverse reactions.

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​​Medication Safety

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Why we need to discuss medication safety:

  • Overlapping or co-existing medical conditions differ from patient to patient, the medication your friend takes may not be the right medication for you. It might even be harmful.
  • ​People with chronic pain often take more than one medication. 
  • Medications don’t always act well together. One may enhance the effects of another or interfere with the absorption of another, including over-the-counter preparations.
  • Medication interactions can be life threatening.

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Medications help us improve function, which is the goal in any case, but certain precautions are necessary. Exercising medication safety could save your life. Protect your loved ones by sharing this information. 

The fewer medications we take, the better, however, that is not always possible. For this reason, you should know:

  • The different names that can be applied to the same medications.
  • Why you are taking the medication.
  • Interactions between medications and what they are. 
  • Symptoms to report to your doctor.

Prescription medications are not the only thing to be considered. Some medications can be affected by over the counter supplements, analgesics, natural preparations, herbals, and in some cases, certain foods. I in doubt, ask your pharmacist. Understanding all these things will help minimize risk.​

Know Your Medications