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Getting the Most From Your Medicines

    The more you understand about your medicines, the more you can take charge of your health.

  • Know the names of your medicines, the reason you are taking each one and how to take each medicine.

  • Always carry a list of all your medications with you. Show the list whenever you receive health care treatment.

  • Be sure you understand what each medicine should do for you. If you do not, speak with your doctor.

  • If you need help remembering to take your medicines, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to help you create a reminder plan that works for you.

  • Take your medicines only as directed. If you forget to take a dose, do not double up on the next dose. Skip the dose or take it later.

  • Do not take more of your medicine than the doctor orders. Taking more does not make you get better quicker. Medicines don't work that way so taking more may make you sicker.

  • Know the possible side effects of your medicines and what to do if you experience them.

If you have any questions, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.