Questions to Ask about Your Medicines: It's important to know as much as possible about the medicines you're taking. Here are some examples of questions you might ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Decisions about Medicines: Decision Points are designed to guide you through key health decisions, combining medical information with your personal values to make a wise health decision.
Prevent Medical Errors with Medicine: How to use medicines can be confusing, especially if you are using a lot of medicines. You need to keep track of when and how to take them, and prescriptions and labels are not always easy to understand.
Video: Make The Most of Your Doctor Visit: Even though you can’t change how much time you have with your doctor, you can do things to make the most of your visit.
Video: Why Are Blood Tests Needed with Some Medicines?: To make sure your medicine is working safely for you, you may need to get blood tests at regular times.
Quick Tips: Taking Medicines Wisely: Medicines can help you manage your health, but only if you take them correctly. Learn tips that might help.
What is on a prescription label? There is important information on a prescription label. Knowing what the information means can help you know which medicine you are taking and how to take it properly.
Taking Medicines as Prescribed: Medicine is one of the many tools your doctor has to treat a health problem. Taking medicine as your doctor suggests will improve your health and may prevent future problems.
Dealing with Medicine Side Effects and Interactions: Medicines work in a delicate balance with your body and with each other. Sometimes the balance tips and this can cause side effects or medicine interactions.
Non-Prescription Medicines and Products: A non-prescription medicine—sometimes called an over-the-counter, or OTC, medicine—is any drug that you can buy without a doctor's prescription. These drugs can interact with other medicines and can sometimes cause serious health problems.
Video: Preventing Falls – Medicine Safety: As you get older your body can become more sensitive to medicine and that can cause side effects like feeling dizzy or drowsy, which can make you fall.
Keeping Track of Medicines: It can be hard to keep track of when and how to take medicines. Here are some ideas you can use to stay organized and track your medicines.
Video: Managing Your Medicines: When you have a health condition, understanding all the medicines you take is an important part of your treatment plan.
Monitoring Your Medicines: Your doctor may want you to have tests to be sure that the medicine isn't harming you and that you're getting the right dose.
Monitoring Your Medicines in the Hospital: Medication errors aren't unusual in the hospital. As an active patient, you can keep careful track of the medicines you're getting and help prevent mistakes.
Current as of: August 19, 2016
Author: Medication Quality and Safety Team – Pharmacy Services, Alberta Health Services
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