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You and Your Medicine: The Do's and the Don'ts

 

Do

  • Tell your doctor and your pharmacist about every medicine that you are taking even over-the-counter drugs.
  • Understand exactly how, when and for how long to take the medication.
  • Throw away old and unused medication.
  • Have prescriptions filled at one pharmacy only.

 

Don't

  • Be afraid to ask questions. Don't leave until you know why, how and when to use the medication.
  • Share, lend or borrow medicines.
  • Mix prescription and non-prescription medications without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Mix alcohol and medication.

 

Prevent Falls - Manage Your Medication

 

Follow these tips:

  • Return medication that you are not using to your drug store.
  • Review your medication with your doctor every 12 months.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the side effects of the medication you take.
  • Tell your doctor if your medication makes you dizzy or lightheaded.
  • Never take someone else's medication.
  • Instead of taking medication to help you sleep, consider alternatives such as listening to soft music, reading or daily exercise.
  • Talk to your doctor if insomnia persists.

 

Source: Fall Prevention Manual, Ottawa Public Health

 

Date of Creation: June 1, 2015

Last Modified: June 1, 2015