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Reporting a Medication Error

Take Charge of Your Medications

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Are you taking charge of your medicines? If not, you can be putting your health at risk. Proper medication administration is a three tier effort that includes your physician, your pharmacist and yourself. Knowing about the drugs you take today can save you a lot of grief tomorrow.

To take charge of your medications, be sure to do the following:

  1. Keep your medicines in a cool, dry place-not the  bathroom. Warmth and moisture can effect the composition of drugs.
  2. Keep a list of every medication you take, including  over-the-counter medications and supplements. Check with your pharmacist     to make sure the medications won't interact with or negate each other.
  3. Avoid potential confusion—leave all medicines in their original containers.
  4. Check expiration dates. Potency may be affected in expired drugs.
  5. Whenever you get a new prescription, ask the name of  the medication and what it is supposed to do, when and how you should take it, for how long, whether or not it cause an allergic reaction and what are the potential side effects or medication errors
  6. Be careful when crushing or splitting pills. Some pills  are designed to be taken whole.

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