Don’t put your health at risk; make sure that you observe proper medication practices! Sunshine Pharmacy, a premier compounding pharmacy in Sanford, Florida, offers the following reminders to help you stay safe.
Know your medications.
First and foremost, make sure that you know your medications. Know the names and required doses of each. Also, find out what your medications treat and why it is important. You should always read the labels of your medication bottles to learn more about it. You should also be familiar with the side effects of your medications and what to do in case you miss a dose.
Keep an updated list of your medications.
To avoid confusion, particularly if you are drinking multiple medications, make sure to keep an updated list. This includes every medication that you are taking (i.e. over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and even herbal supplements). If possible, keep this list with you all the time. Show it to your physician, pharmacist, or nurse whenever you receive healthcare services.
Don’t share your prescribed medications.
As children, we are taught that “sharing is good”. However, this doesn’t apply when it comes to your prescribed medications. NEVER share your prescribed medication with someone else and NEVER drink someone else’s prescription either.
Consult your pharmacist before taking new medications.
Make sure to talk with your pharmacist and/or physician before you take any new medications. Your pharmacist and physician can double-check and ensure that it won’t interact with other medications that you are drinking. Remember, this applies to some over-the-counter drugs and herbal remedies too since they could also interact with your medication.
Observe proper schedule, dosage, and intake form when drinking medications.
Make sure that you drink your medications at the right time (i.e. after meals, during bedtime). Also, make sure that you are drinking the right dose (i.e. if your medicine comes with a measuring cup, use it). Additionally, take your tablets or capsules whole – don’t crush, cut, or open it (unless instructed otherwise).
Check your medications carefully and don’t be afraid to speak up if you think you received the wrong one.
Before leaving the pharmacy or hospital, make sure that you check your medications carefully. If you think that you received, or are about to receive the wrong medicine, please don’t hesitate to speak up. Talk to your pharmacist or physician. Make sure that all of your concerns have been answered before you take any medications.
These are just some reminders from your friendly retail pharmacy in Lake Mary. Keep them in mind and keep yourself safe!