Dosing Tips for Taking Medicines

July 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

Whether you are treating your own symptoms, those of a family member, or someone for whom you have been tasked with caring, it is important to have a basic knowledge of over-the-counter (OTC) medicine safety. Millions turn to OTC medicines when treating their family’s symptoms and it is important to do so safely.

When given as directed, OTC medicines help treat symptoms, but like all medicines, they have risks if misused. Below are some general tips to consider when using OTC medicines.

• Always read and follow medicine labels exactly to ensure safe and appropriate dosing.

• Always use the recommended dose and the correct measuring device. Never use the medication longer than the label instructs or at higher doses, unless your doctor specifically tells you to do so.

• Only use the medicine that treats your specific symptoms.

• Never take two medicines with any of the same active ingredients.

• Stop use and contact your doctor immediately if you develop any side effects or reactions that concern you.

• Consult a doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider with any questions.

• Do not use oral cough and cold medicines in children under four.

• Do not give a medicine only intended for adults to a child.

• Keep all medicines out of your child’s reach and sight.

• Keep a medication record and bring that record with you when you visit a healthcare professional or when you go to the pharmacy.

 Source: OTCsafety.org

Entry filed under: Pharmacy.

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