Prescription Drug Safe Use
You can help combat the dangers of prescription drug abuse by using your prescription drugs only as directed.
Safe use guidelines and tips
- Only take medication prescribed to you.
- Never share your medicine with someone else, or take someone else’s medication.
- Always read and follow the instructions on your medicine’s label.
Additional Safety Tips
- Keep a list of all medicines you take and share it with your doctors or pharmacist. Also share allergies you have, if you’re pregnant and any conditions you have.
- Learn how your medicine will interact with other medicine, both prescription and over-the-counter, and alcohol by asking your doctor. Call your doctor if a side effect is unexpected.
- Many medications can impair your driving ability which is both illegal, and dangerous.
- Monitor your pills and medicine. This will help you be aware if some is missing, and know when it’s time to refill prescriptions.
- When you travel, keep your medicine in a carry-on bag. Bring extra in case you’re delayed.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist questions about your medicine and the instructions. Learn all you can. Know why you’re taking it and what the desired outcome should be.
Learn more at TakeMedsSeriouslyOregon.org
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