Take time to learn about med­i­ca­tions

Talk to the phar­ma­cist about the dif­fer­ent drugs you are tak­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - LITTLE LEGENDS -

BE­ING medicine-wise and in con­trol of your health in­volves a few sim­ple steps.

Firstly, know why you are tak­ing med­i­ca­tions.

Medicine reviews may be taken in store to re­duce con­fu­sion and im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion with your doc­tor and phar­ma­cist.

In turn, this re­sults in bet­ter man­age­ment of your med­i­ca­tions and health.

Sec­ond, as new med­i­ca­tions – in­clud­ing vi­ta­mins and nat­u­ral prod­ucts – can in­ter­act with your ex­ist­ing medicines, dis­cuss any ad­di­tions or changes with your doc­tor or phar­ma­cist.

Al­ter­na­tive ther­a­pies can be use­ful and may com­ple­ment pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion, but care should al­ways be taken.

Third, pre­pare a medicine list. This makes it eas­ier to keep track of which medicines are be­ing taken, the dosage and fre­quency.

In an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion, this can help a doc­tor or para­medic to treat you well by com­ple­ment­ing your treat­ment.

Fourth, if you have var­i­ous medicines to take, invest in aWeb­ster-Pak to ease con­fu­sion.

Your phar­ma­cist will place the medicines for each day into the cor­rect holder. You just pop them out of the pack at each meal.

Fi­nally, safely dis­pose of med­i­ca­tions by re­turn­ing them to the pharmacy once you have fin­ished the pre­scribed course.

The Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera phar­ma­cies can safely dis­pose of both drugs and sy­ringes.

Dis­pos­ing un­used medicines will re­move con­fu­sion about ex­piry dates and en­sure your house is safe for chil­dren and pets.

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