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P1052 ABC Transitions in Care

Medication Safety Take Medicine as Prescribed • Take your medicine regularly and according to your doctor’s instructions. • Don’t skip doses or stop taking medication without first consulting with your doctor. 7 Keep a Medication List • Write down what you’re taking and keep the list with you. Give a copy to a friend or loved one in case of emergency. • Record the medicine’s name, how often and what dosage you take, and note when you take each drug. Be Aware of Potential Interactions • Interactions can occur when one drug affects how another drug works; a medical condition makes a certain drug potentially harmful; a food or non-alcoholic drink reacts with a drug; or medicine interacts with an alcoholic drink. • Carefully read drug facts labels on over-the-counter drugs and the information that comes with your prescription medications. • If you’re seeing multiple doctors, tell each one about all of your medications and supplements. You also can ask your pharmacist about potential interactions. Review Medications with Your Doctor • Review your medications with your doctor to confirm which are still necessary and which you can stop taking (if any). • If a certain medication seems out of your budget, ask your doctor whether there is a cheaper, and still effective, alternative or a medication assistance program. Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration PLAY VIDEO Tips for Taking Medicines Safely


P1052 ABC Transitions in Care
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