Medicine can be a lifesaver, literally. However, it can also be deadly if used incorrectly. Medicine is one of the greatest inventions of the modern world. The discovery of penicillin and all the nifty concoctions we get to deal with a headache, unsafe sex, muscle pain, and chronic diseases, etc. have made life easier and also more dangerous. Mixing the wrong types of medication can make you sick and even kill you. Children who take medication that isn’t meant for them can cause several very serious problems. Taking medication unnecessarily may cause future health problems.
Tips for Safe Medicine Use
1. Make your physician master of all
If you have different healthcare providers that all prescription medication you may find yourself with duplicate medications or medications that shouldn’t be taken together. Your first step to safe medicine use is to present all medications to your physician and pharmacist and ask them to make sure that there is nothing that may clash or cause problems.
2. Make sure that you actually need the medication
Before just accepting a whole bunch of medication, ask your healthcare providers whether it is actually necessary. Ask them what the medication is for and what it is supposed to do for your condition. There must be a very good reason for taking medication otherwise it can usually be left.
3. Keep track of all your medications
Make a list of all your medications and their instructions. It is important that you read the label and follow the instructions on the label and as well as the ones the doctor and pharmacist gave you. You may sometimes think that the instructions on the label sound made up, but it isn’t. There are very specific reasons why you need to take medication in a certain way, so stick to it. It is important to keep track of all the different medications that you take, when to take them, and how to take them. It is helpful if you have a list with the information on your fridge or by your bed in case you or someone else may need it.
4. Do some research on your condition and the medication
You should trust your doctor and pharmacist especially if you have come a long way. However, it is important that you understand your health condition and what types of medication can be used to treat it. In all likelihood, your prescribed medication is exactly what it should be, but it is good to know for sure. So, do some online research or visit the library and read up on medicines and your condition and how it can be treated. It may help you better understand the need for a specific medication or notice that are taking something that may not be necessary.
5. Keep your medication organized
If you and your partner take medication, this is an important tip. If you live alone, it is still an important tip. You should make use of tools and gadgets to keep your medications organized and prevent you from taking the same medication twice or mixing pills that shouldn’t mix. Make use of pill holders that have a little space for every day of the week separately. Fill out a month’s worth and number each case so you can keep track. You can even have a printed list that you have to tick off as you take your meds. If you are prone to forget to take your medication, use your phone’s reminder function and let it repeat for several months.
6. Avoid taking medication that for the sake of it
Some people drink medication for every little thing. This is unnecessary and can be harmful to your body. When you feel a headache coming on, drink some water, stretch your legs, get some fresh air, and if possible take a nap. Your headache may very well be gone after that. If you have a runny nose or a slight cough, don’t just grab the cough syrup. Give your body a chance to heal itself without all those foreign chemicals.
Tips for Medicine Safety
Medicine safety has to do with the proper care and storage of medication that will not put you, your children, or your pets at risk.
1. Always store medicine out of reach of children and pets
You will be surprised at where kids can get into if they really want to. Find a place in your home where your children cannot reach and cannot get in. The best is a high place that doesn’t allow for climbing and that can lock. The key should be on your person or somewhere where the kids don’t know or definitely cannot get to. Never leave medicine on a counter, table, or in low cupboards. Children and pets will inevitably find it.
2. Don’t leave medicine in the sun or exposed
The ingredients in medications can be light and oxygen sensitive. If they are exposed to these two elements for a long time, it may render the medication useless. Store the medicine in a cool dry place with the caps on tight or the boxes closed up.
3. Don’t use medicine that has reached an expiration date
Medications, especially syrups, have expiration dates. Avoid taking any medication past their expiration date. You don’t know whether it is still effective or if the chemicals start reacting funny after a certain period of time. Dispose of expired medications in a safe way.
Safe use of medicine and the safe storage of medicine are very important. Medication contains many different ingredients and some of those are actually bad for us on their own. You must always take care when using medication. Take note of any allergic reactions you may have to a specific medication. Always store medication out of the reach of little hands or furry paws. Adult medications can cause paralysis and other really bad things.