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Health Tip: Never Share Prescription Medications

Even if prescribed to a family member

(HealthDay News) -- Although you may be tempted to use a medication that has been prescribed to someone else, this is a dangerous practice.

Even if you have similar symptoms, the American Academy of Family Physicians warns:

  • The medication could have been prescribed for someone of a particular gender, size or age, and may not be appropriate for someone else.
  • The medication may react with other drugs that you take.
  • Your body may react differently to the drug than the person for whom it was prescribed.
  • The dosage written on the prescription label may not be appropriate for you.
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