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Proper use of medications

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I have written several articles on this topic. The situation, my dear readers, has not changed much. A lot of patients are still ignorant about the proper use of medication.{{more}}

I am still noticing that most patients hardly ever remember to bring their medication to show their doctor.

Furthermore, most patients forget the names of their medication. Here are a few guidelines on the proper handling of your medication.

Do:

Do inform your doctor if you are having any problems with your medication.

Do inform your doctor if you have allergies to certain types of medication.

Do inform your doctor if you are taking other medication at the same time. This includes over the counter medication.

Do inform your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or you think you may be pregnant. It is easy for small amounts to be transferred from mother to child.

Do get the proper information from your doctor as to why you are taking the medication.

Do make sure to read all the labels on your medication carefully.

Do make sure you are following your doctor’s orders exactly.

Do monitor any side effects of the medication. If there are any, call your doctor right away.

Do store your medication in a dry area. Sometimes your doctor may ask you to keep them cool in the refrigerator.

Do ask your doctor if you can take your meds with food. Some medication should be taken on an empty stomach; others should be taken with food, to avoid stomach problems.

Do make sure you have enough supplies when traveling, in case you have to stay away longer than you planned.

DON’T:

Don’t double the dosage, if you miss your medication; ask your doctor when to take the next dose.

Don’t stop taking your medication unless you talk to your doctor first. Call your doctor if you have serious side effects. Sometimes stopping your medication too soon can cause the problem to return or even make it more difficult to treat.

Don’t use other people’s medication.

Don’t give others your own medication to take.

Don’t use expired medication.

Don’t let your children have access to your medication. Keep them in a safe area

Don’t let your medication run out on you. Always have an idea when your medication will run out and have them renewed when required.

Don’t travel with your medication in your suitcase. If you have to travel, put your medication in your hand luggage. This is important in case your suitcase gets lost.

Remember to check your doctor, if in doubt.

Have a good week.

Dr Kenneth Onu is a resident Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Beachmont Eye Institute/Eyes R Us Send questions to: [email protected]

Tel: 784 456-1210

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