Do’s and Don’ts of Medicine

Your loved one may be taking prescription medicine as well as over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and food supplements. Both prescription and OTC medicine can cause serious problems if not taken correctly. Be very careful to give medications exactly the way the health-care provider advises.

To be safe, don’t change medication dosage without first checking with the health-care provider. You and your loved one should learn about the medicines s/he takes and know when to take them and their possible side effects. Below are some of the DON’TS of Medication.

DON’T have your loved one “make up” a dose if s/he misses one unless advised to do so by the health-care provider.

DON’T give your loved one medicine prescribed for another person.

DON’T give any medicine to you loved one without the health-care provider’s approval.

DON’T change your medicine schedule at your own.

DON’T store or combine different kind of medicines in the same bottle/container.

DON’T stop you medication without discussing it with your health-care provider.

DON’T crush or chew tablets or pills unless the health-care provider or pharmacist says it is okay.

DON’T mix alcohol or any other drink (dissolved syrups, beverages, cold water, etc) and medicine unless the health-care provider says it is okay. Some drugs may not work well or may make your loved one sick if taken this way.

Pharmacists are a great resource for medication questions. The pharmacist will be able to advise you about potential medication interactions.


For Your Health and Safety,

Faisal Javed Mir & Team FATSAL

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About Faisal Javed Mir

Faisal Javed Mir is Occupational Health and Safety Professional, having 15+ years of profound experience in training and consultancy. He has knowledge, skills, experience, tools, proven history and confidence to deliver what is required by the valued clients. He is teaching First Aid since 2006 and certified by MEDIC First Aid International of United States for many first aid certification programs. He is the only Instructor-Trainer by MEDIC First Aid and American Health and Safety Institute (ASHI) in Pakistan.
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