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