1 edition of Using medicines safely found in the catalog.
Using medicines safely
1986 by U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service in [Rockville, Md.?] .
Written in English
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FDA study gets to the heart of expired medicine and safety Updated: December 13, Published: November, The big question is, do pills expire? Learn More. Drug dosaging with varying purity is problematic. The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists OTIS provides information, in English and Spanish, for women and health care providers on the risks and safety of taking medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
When flying, carry your medicines with you; do not pack them in your checked luggage. Potential adverse effects on the breastfeeding infant. Avoid touching his or her face. It's true the effectiveness of a drug may decrease over time, but much of the original potency still remains even a decade after the expiration date. Call your doctor right away if you have any problems with your medicines or if you are worried that the medicine might be doing more harm than good.
Health responsibilities include: avoidance of excessive doses or hazardous combinations of drugs; awareness of possible health consequences of drug use; avoiding drug-using behaviors than can potentially lead to addiction; and not using a drug recreationally during periods of excessive stress. Few medications are contraindicated while breastfeeding. Liquids such as water, juice and broth might help thin secretions. A pharmacist can answer many of your questions about prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs. It is widely accepted that human milk is best for an infant.
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If you decide to take the aspirin, will it be a fatal mistake or will you simply continue to suffer from the headache? How to Administer Using Medications Safely Pharmacists in hospitals and health systems play an important role in preventing medication errors.
When possible, help or encourage your child to avoid close contact with anyone who has a cold. Placing a medication in a cool place, such as a refrigerator, will help a drug remain potent for many years.
Use a medicine log to keep track each time you take or give medicine. To be safe, check with your pediatrician before taking any kind of prescription or over-the-counter medication, herbal or dietary supplement, or vitamin.
What Are Drugs? Learn the names of the drug products that are prescribed and given to you, as well as their dosage strength and schedules. This group maintains a website called Mother to Babyexternal icon. Health responsibilities include: avoidance of excessive doses or hazardous combinations of drugs; awareness of possible health consequences of drug use; avoiding drug-using behaviors than can potentially lead to addiction; and not using a drug recreationally during periods of excessive stress.
It's true the effectiveness of a drug may decrease over time, but much of the original potency still remains even a decade after the expiration date.
Research suggests that these medicines haven't been proved to work any better than inactive medicine placebo. In some cities, peer health advocates Weeks, have participated in passing out clean crack pipe mouthpiece tips to minimize the risk of Hepatitis A, B and C and HIV due to sharing pipes while lips and mouth contain open sores.
For children age 5 years and older, sucking on a piece of hard candy might soothe throat pain. When should I stop taking the medicine? Read Saving Money on Medicines for more information.
Most generic and brand-name medicines act the same way in the body. This is because aspirin has been linked to Reye's syndrome, a rare but potentially life-threatening condition, in such children. Using medicines safely book so, why? Take your medicines or vitamins at the same time every day, if possible.
Only use the dosing device packaged with the medications. Write down all medicines you takeincluding over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements.Keep a list of all your medicines in a safe place.
Bring your list when you talk to your doctor or pharma-cist. Use a pillbox. Put notes around the house to remind you to take your medicines each day. Talk to your doctor about all the medicines, remedies, and vitamins you use. Include any medicines you buy without a prescription.
Is it safe for mothers to use prescription medications while breastfeeding? Usually. A clinical report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “The Transfer of Drugs and Therapeutics into Human Breast Milk: An Update on Selected Topics, external icon ” indicates that most medications and immunizations are safe to use during lactation.
Medicines can treat diseases and improve your health. If you are like most people, you need to take medicine at some point in your life. You may need to take medicine every day, or you may only need to take medicine once in a while.
Either way, you want to make sure that your medicines are safe, and that they will help you get better. Almost every pregnant woman will face a decision about taking medicines before and during pregnancy.
However, not all medicines are safe to take during pregnancy. Some medicines may cause birth defects, pregnancy loss, prematurity, infant death, or developmental disabilities.
Treating for Two is a program that aims to improve the health of women and babies by identifying the safest treatment. To make sure you use medicines safely and effectively, ASHP recommends that you: Keep a list of all medications that you take (prescribed drugs, nonprescription medicines, herbal supplements, home remedies, and medical foods) and medicines that you cannot take due to allergic reactions, and share those with your doctor or pharmacist.
Some medications can be dangerous during pregnancy. Here's a list from WebMD of safe medications during pregnancy and a look at the use of natural -- or alternative -- therapies when a woman is.