No matter what you’re taking, health experts say when it comes to prescription medication, there are two things to keep in mind. “What is it for, and then what are the side effects that they might expect from appropriately taking that drug product,” said Lee Health pharmacy system director John Armitstead.
He says certain medications don’t interact well with others. Some drugs can increase or decrease the effectiveness of other drugs. “Many times a thorough review of your medication regiment might indicate that you need to be taking less medication,” said Armitstead.
If a medication has a recall, pharmacists can recommend alternative drugs to help patients. “We have drug recall systems in place and policies in place that we take a look at the products that we have, relative to what has been recalled nationally and internationally,” he said.
Once you get the medication home, find a safe place to keep it--out of the reach of children. “Knowing where your drugs are stored and thinking about the aspect of who comes into your home and who might have access to them is an important aspect of drug safety,” Armitstead said.
It’s also a good idea to keep your medication in a cool, dry place and avoid rooms with high humidity like bathrooms or the kitchen. Knowing what you’re taking, how much you’re taking, and where it’s kept can keep you and your family safe.