Prescription Safety

  • Advances in prescription drugs are helping us live longer, healthier lives. But several medications may be required to treat an illness or disease. Managing all of them can be almost as tricky as it is important, so we offer the following tips to help you anticipate and avoid problems.

    Know What Medications You Take

    Keep a complete list of your medicines. For each drug, include the strength, how much of the medication you take and how often, and the reason why it has been prescribed for you.

    My Medication List is a handy and useful way to keep track of the medications you're currently taking. Remember to include all non-prescription drugs and any herbs, supplements or vitamins you're taking as well.

    Review Your Medications with Your Healthcare Provider

    Review your medication list regularly with your doctor and pharmacist. Be sure to inform them whenever you start or stop taking any medicine, even if another doctor has told you to start or stop it.

    Always check with your pharmacist or doctor before taking any medication, including herbal supplements and non-prescription drugs such as cold medicine. It's a good idea to use the same pharmacy to fill all your prescriptions.

    Take Your Medicines Regularly

    It's important to remember to take your medicines regularly, as prescribed by your doctor. If you're having trouble remembering to take your medicines, consider using a pillbox to help remind you. You can get a seven-day pillbox at your local pharmacy. At the beginning of each week, put your medications in a pillbox for each day.

    Remember to get your prescriptions refilled before you run out of medicine. Mark your calendar with the date you need to get a refill. Be sure to allow additional time to pick up your prescription at your pharmacy or for home delivery.