Medicines Can Help
Medicines help people in many ways by:-
- Relieving symptoms of allergies, colds, coughs, diarrhea, indigestion, etc.
- Alleviating pain.
- Relieving psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, etc.
- Preventing diseases such as measles, mumps, polio, rubella, etc.
- Treating and controlling illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure.
- Killing germs in infections.
But, Medicines Can Also Be Harmful
- Side effects like drowsiness, gastric pain, and skin rashes are possible with certain medicines.
- Some medicines when taken together can result in effects like bleeding, diarrhea, and gastric pain.
- Drug dependence can occur when certain medicines are abused. it can also be a psychological,
- Emotional or even physical dependence.
Maximize the Effectiveness of your Medicines and minimize Any Harm ;
Follow this medicine code carefully because there is more to medicines than just taking them.
Always remember to:
- Take your records with you when you visit your doctor or pharmacist.
- Make a reminder chart for taking medicines, especially if you’re taking more than one kind of Medicine at a Time.
Read the directions carefully and only take the exact recommended dosage.
- This is of particular importance if you’re giving medicines to children.
- Take your medicines at the prescribed time.
- Take your own medicine. It has been specially prescribed to deal with your illness.
- Don’t offer it to a friend, and don’t “borrow” his.
- If your doctor has prescribed antibiotics for you, complete the course -even if you don’t feel better.
- If in doubt, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
- If you’re advised not to drink, drive, or operate machinery while under medication -DON’T! It could
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist about any medicines you take -especially if you’re pregnant.
- Store your medicines as advised by the pharmacist. As an example, some medicines must be refrigerated at all times. This will help to maintain its effectiveness.
- Tell your doctor or pharmacist any side effects you may have noticed.
- Don’t transfer the medicine from its original container to other containers.
- Watch for signs of deterioration in medicine. If you notice the color or other changes, consult your doctor or pharmacist
- Keep all medicines, including aspirin, away from children. Store them in one lockable medicine cabinet and take precautions by keeping them in childproof containers.
- Discard medicines that have passed their expiry dates.
- If in doubt, ask your doctor or pharmacist about your medicines.