Doctors prescribe a wide array of medicine to treat various problems that we encounter. However, just because a doctor prescribes it, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to be careful when taking your medication. Here are few tips that are always good to remember before taking medicine that could potentially save your life:
1) Read the label. This is especially important when you are taking multiple medications. Having many pills to take can become confusing. Being sure that you know which pills are for what ailments and what times of day to take them can be important.
2) Know the Side effects. Many times, pills may have side effects that may cause you to think that you are sick with another ailment. This may cause you to go to the doctor and get more medicine which could negatively interfere with the prescriptions that you have.
3) Try to limit your physicians to one. Having congruency in your medical records and needs makes it easier for doctors and pharmacists to access your records and only provide medication that won’t interfere with other medicines that you are taking.
4) Know what you are allergic to. If there are any drugs, such as penicillin, that you are allergic to, please let your doctors know right away so that they don’t prescribe you with any derivatives that could potentially harm you.
5) Be careful about your food and drink consumption. There’s nothing wrong with a glass of wine or a nightcap, but mixing alcohol and prescription medicine could be a recipe for disaster. Please be sure to check with your doctor if there are any foods or beverages that will adversely affect you based on the medicines that you are taking.
Safety is always the most important thing. If you take the time to read your labels, ask your physician and are knowledgeable about what drugs you are taking and what their side effects are you should be safe.