Talk to your doctor about safety and taking medications

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Talk to your doctor about safety and taking medications

Postby dlcnurse » Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:26 pm

Many of us are already persons who take a wide range of medications. When you get your prescriptions filled, it is pretty much customary for the pharmacist to give you a handout on each of those medications that you take.

Many people also see more than one physician. Those physicians do not often take into account any other medications that you may take before prescribing a new medication.

It is often up to us as consumers to know what our medications are, what they are used for, any side effects, or special precautions that may be needed when taking a medication.

One helpful site that may help you to learn about your medications is http://www.safemedications.com This site is produced by pharmacists so that you can safely learn about your medications, side effects, precautions, and how to safely take them with other medications that may be prescribed. On their site in the heading area is a search button where you can type in a specific medication and it will give you the necessary information on that medication. Or they have lists you can go through but it is easier to type in the medication.

Always check with your doctor when given a prescription and ask about possible interactions with the other medicines that you take. If you have never taken that particular medication before, ask the doc for samples to see if you are going to tolerate it prior to spending money on a medication that you may not be able to take.

Another option is to only purchase a few of the tablets initially so that if you are unable to take that medication, you won't have spent a small fortune on something that you are unable to use. All pharmacies should be able to do this for you. The initial prescription is good until you have fulfilled the exact amount written for. Be sure and ask your pharmacist about doing this with any new medication until you know how you are going to react to it.
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Helpful site to learn about medications

Postby dlcnurse » Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:10 am

In 2006 the FDA revamped their prescription policy on what needs to be included when prescribing new medications to patients on the prescription insert.
One way that they did this was to provide a internet site that will allow physicians, clinician's, patient's etc. to be able to look up their medications and be informed with the newest available information in regards to their medications.
This site gives you all of that information including any black box warnings, adverse reactions to other medications and so much more. For those of you that are interested in knowing ALL pertinent information check here:

http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/about.cfm

I encourage all of you to be an active participant in the knowledge about your own personal medications. You are ultimately responsible for what you put into your body and why.
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