Preparing for Medication Emergencies

May 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm Leave a comment

Today’s medicines are powerful, and they work in complex ways within the body. That is why it is so important to rely on your pharmacist for answers on how and when to take your prescription and nonprescription medicines and supplements. Here are some tips you can use to help you stay safe while getting the most out of your medicine.

  • Keep a list of all your medications in your wallet and wear your medical-alert bracelet.
  • Store 3-5 days of medications that are important to your health.
  • Be sure to keep the medications that are used to stabilize an existing medical condition or keep a condition from worsening or resulting in hospitalization on you at all times.
  • Don’t store your medications in areas that are susceptible to extremes in heat, cold, and humidity (e.g., car or bathroom). This could decrease the effectiveness of the medication.
  • Use child-resistant containers.
  • Refill your prescriptions while you still have at least a 5-7 day supply of medications left. Keep in mind that some sources, such as mail-order pharmacies, have a longer lead time to refill.

Source: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Entry filed under: Managing your health, Pharmacy, Safety, To Your Health.

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