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If not used in properly, medicine can make you sick. One of the best ways use medicine safely is to understand what your medicines are treating. Below is a sample list of things to do while taking medicine.

Tips for Taking Medicine

  1. Ask your doctor and your pharmacist for the exact times you should take a medicine.
  2. Ask your doctor and pharmacist what effects-good and bad-to expect.
  3. Tell each doctor you see, and your pharmacist, about other medicines you're taking, both prescription and over-the-counter. This is important because some cause side effects when they are taken with other medications.
  4. Make a list of the name of each drug and a daily schedule of doses.
  5. Put a check on the list each time you take the medicine. Do this so you won't take two doses of the same medicine.
  6. Follow the directions on the label. Do not take more or less than directed.
  7. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if a medicine gives you new symptoms or makes you feel worse.
  8. When you take antibiotics: Take all of it, even if you start feeling better before all the pills are gone. If you stop taking the medication too early, infections often come back.
  9. Never start or stop taking a medicine without telling your doctor.
  10. Never take medicine prescribed for someone else.
  11. Never share your medicines with anyone else.
  12. Throw out medicine if the label date says that it has expired.

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