Preventing poisoning from medications

Assortment of pills and supplementsIn observing National Poison Prevention Week, here are a few tips from the American Association of Poison Control Centers on how to prevent poisoning from medications.

  • Read and follow the directions and warnings on the label before taking any medicine, each time you take it.
  • Some medicines can be dangerous, or not work as well if they are taken with alcohol, other drugs, or certain foods and drinks. Ask your doctor or pharmacist what you should be aware of when you take medicine. Make sure your doctor knows about everything you are taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal remedies.
  • Turn lights on to take medicines so that you can be sure of what you’re taking.
  • Get rid of old and outdated medicines as soon as you don’t need them anymore. Some medications can become dangerous or ineffective over time. Other medicines can be abused by someone looking through your medicine stock. Click here to learn more about the safest way to get rid of old medicines.
  • Never share prescription medicines. Medicines should be taken by the person for whom it was prescribed and for the reason prescribed.
  • Keep the Poison Help number– 1-800-222-1222– on or near home phones and programmed into cell phones.

To learn more about poison prevention and National Poison Prevention Week, visit aapcc.org.

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