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What do you know about your medication?

Take this quiz and find out. The more informed you are about your medication, the better it will work for you.

  • I know why my doctor prescribed this medication
  • I know exactly how and when to take this medication
  • I know how long it will take for the medicine to start working
  • I know what to do if I miss a dose
  • I know about possible side effects and what to do about them
  • I know if there is anything I should
 or should not eat or drink and activities I should avoid with this medication
  • I know if this medication can
be affected by nonprescription or herbal products
  • I know how to store this medication
  • I know I can talk
to the Pharmacist about any concerns I may have about this medication

If there are any 
boxes you have not checked, speak to your Pharmacist to get the information you need.

8 Tips on Medication Use

There are numerous things you can do to ensure your medication works the way it is supposed to —

  1. Take as directed. Talk with the Pharmacist about how to take your medication and carefully follow those instructions.
  2. Check before you mix. Many non-prescription and herbal products can have a negative effect on prescription drugs. Before you use such a product, consult with the Pharmacist to ensure it is safe to take along with other medications you may be on.
  3. Do not use old medications. Most prescription drugs lose their potency a year after their dispensary date. Check the expiry date stamped on nonprescription and herbal products.
  4. Do not stop your medication abruptly. If you do, you could risk having a relapse. Finish the entire course of treatment unless otherwise advised.
  5. Help the medication go down. If it is hard for you to swallow pills, the Pharmacist may be able to provide your medication in a chewable tablet or liquid form, or even cut your pills in half for you (always check before splitting the medication yourself since some drugs do not work correctly if they are altered in this way).
  6. Do not borrow medications. While it may be tempting to use medication from other family members and friends, the drugs may not be right for you and could cause serious side effects.
  7. Give your child the right dose. It is more important to follow the dosing instructions by weight – not age – on children’s nonprescription medications. If it is difficult for your child to take several doses of prescription medication a day, ask the Pharmacist if there is a once-a-day formulation.
  8. Remember, the Pharmacist is here to help. Pharmacists are the most knowledgeable and trusted health professionals when it comes to medication use. If you are experiencing side effects, your medication is not working the way it should, or if you have any questions at all about your medication and how it’s making you feel, be sure to talk to your Pharmacist.

Mediation Minefield

DO NOT MAKE THESE MISTAKES —

  1. Not filling the prescription
  2. Taking too much or too little of the medication
  3. Skipping doses or taking a dose at the wrong time
  4. Stopping the medication too soon
  5. Not reporting side effects
  6. Not discontinuing an old drug when a new one is prescribed
  7. Assuming nonprescription and herbal products will not interfere with prescription medications

Talk to your Rx Ram Pharmacist about how to get the best results from your medications.

General Drug Information
Health Canada
Canadian Health Network
Medscape
Mayo Clinic
DRUGFACTS.com
PharmWeb
MedicineNet
RxList
Drugs in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
MedNets
Virtual Library Online, Pharmacy
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Unites States Pharmacopeia
Canadian Government Drug Product Database
National Cancer Institute

Hormones & Menopause Links:
Center for Menstrual Cycle & Ovulation Research
Life Extension
Menopause
Women to women
Hormone balance (user and password is DATA)
Adrenal fatigue
Bio identical hormone society
Hholtorf Medical Group