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Health Tip: Take Medications Safely

Here's a basic checklist

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(HealthDay News) -- Many medications may seem harmless, but they can still cause harm if not taken correctly.

The University of Virginia Health System offers these suggestions to help prevent problems with medications:

  • Understand that even vitamins, herbs, supplements and over-the-counter medications can have adverse effects if taken incorrectly.
  • Always follow label instructions, paying particular attention to any warnings.
  • Learn how other medications and foods may interact with a particular medicine.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions of your doctor or pharmacist if your prescription changes or if you take a new medicine.
  • Learn about any potential side effects of medications you take, and always call your doctor if you have any problems.
  • Keep medications stored safely, and keep a record of all medications you take.
  • Make sure all of your doctors have a complete list of your medications.


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