Use this list to check off the tips you will try. Keep the list handy so you can read it each time you get a new medicine.
Keep a list
- I will write down the names of my prescription drugs and any vitamins, remedies, or OTC drugs I am taking.
- I will keep a list of the doctors who prescribed my medicines and the amount I take.
- I will add any new medicines to my list.
- I will check the label on my medicine before I start a new medicine. I will make sure it has my name on it.
- I will call the doctor or pharmacist if I have questions about how to take the medicine.
Take the medicine the right way—each day
- I will take the medicine in the exact amount (never more or less) listed on the label.
- I will take the medicine at the times the doctor told me to.
- I will not stop taking my prescription drug unless my doctor says it is okay—even if I am feeling better.
Learn about side effects
- I will talk to my doctor or pharmacist if I have questions about the written information that comes with my prescription.
- I will call my doctor right away if I am having side effects. My doctor may be able to suggest another medicine or offer hints to lower the side effects.
Play it safe
- I will not give friends or family members medicine meant for me.
- I will not take medicine prescribed for others.
- I will not drink any beer, wine, or hard liquor while I am taking a medicine unless my doctor says it is okay.
- I will not take any medicine that is too old (expired date on the label).
“I talk to my doctor each time she prescribes a new medicine. I take in my list of questions and go point by point. I also find my pharmacist helpful in answering my questions. I’m not one to take medicine without knowing the facts.”