What does this prescription say? If you
can't read your doctor's handwriting on a prescription, ask what it says. If
your pharmacist can't read it, have him or her call your doctor. Don't
Is this what my doctor prescribed? When you get your medicine,
check to make sure it's the right medicine. Read the label to make
sure you have the correct medicine, at the correct dose. If you are refilling a
prescription and the size, shape, or color of the pills look different than
before, ask the
pharmacist about it.
How do I measure the medicine if it's a liquid? Liquids can be hard to measure. The teaspoon you use for
cooking, for example, may hold a different amount from what the doctor means.
It may also be hard to know which line to fill a syringe or dropper to.
What does the label say? Medicine labels
can be confusing. For example, ask if "take 1 time a day in the morning" means
you can take it any time in the morning or early in the morning. If you have
any questions about what a label says, ask about it. Do this for both
prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
Keeping track of your medicines
Plan a daily schedule of medicines. Use this form(What is a PDF document?). Put your schedule somewhere where you will always see it and where it's easy to find.
Keep your pills in a pillbox. Get a pillbox that holds a week's worth of pills.
Set reminders. Use your cell phone, a watch you can program, a scheduling program on the computer, or other types of timers to remind you when it's time to take your medicines.
Sign up for safety alert emails about the medicines you take. Go to www.consumermedsafety.org.