Medications Do’s and Don’ts


  • take the exact dosage at scheduled times prescribed by your doctor.
  • talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.
  • tell your doctor about any past problems with medications (dizziness, rashes, indigestion, lack of appetite, etc.).
  • keep a daily record of the medications you’re taking.
  • ask your pharmacist for easy-to-open containers if childproof containers are too difficult for you
  • ask your doctor or pharmacist about side effects.
  • ask if there are any foods or beverages you should avoid.
  • ask your pharmacist for written information about your medications.
  • ask your pharmacist to use larger type if you can’t read the label on the container.


  • take someone else’s prescription.
  • take medications that have expired.
  • assume that over-the-counter medications aren’t harmful if taken incorrectly.
  • double up on your medication when you forget to take a dose.
  • wait to contact your doctor if you have an adverse reaction.


Make up a daily record showing the name of the drugs you are taking, your doctor’s name, the amount you take and the times of day you take each.

Leave a space to check off each dose as you take it. Many pharmacies sell inexpensive pill holders that are divided into days or hours.


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