Medicines are essential for our health, but we often misuse them. A few months ago, and alertness blog of the serious consequences it is having the misuse of antibiotics, and is just one example in many others. So we thought to remember some basic advice regarding medications.
Always seek advice from the pharmacist
The drugs are usually divided between those who can buy without a prescription, and those who need prescription. With the latter, there is already a filter, so be careful where it is with them that are over the counter. Not surprisingly television commercials often remember him. The pharmacist is a professional who can help us know if the medication is appropriate in our case, it is always best to ask. Most of the time we have right to want to take a particular drug, but sometimes, we advise you not to take it, or go to the doctor, or take other best thing.
Honestly, most of the time do not read prospectuses. Spend a bit of time to make us approve Internet we have read the conditions of use, and we click without reading them. But consumption of drugs can have serious consequences, so it is important to read the instructions, especially the sections on dosage, contraindications and side effects.
Save the medicine correctly
Some medicines are stored in a refrigerator, but most only require a cool, dry place, out of reach of children. The kitchen and bathroom are not good places because they have large temperature variations and are wet.
In addition, the drugs must be stored in its original box with its prospectus, to keep important information such as the expiration date or the instructions for use.
When you forget to take the medicine
Remember to read the prospectus to know that you do when you have forgotten to take the medicine. Contrary to what many people think, is generally not recommended to take double dose the next time. Most of the time, you just have to resume treatment in the same way as soon as possible. Taking double dose could be dangerous and not usually effective.
Finish the treatment
If you have been told that you had to take the pills for 7 days and you feel good when you take five days, unless your doctor has told you otherwise, you should finish the treatment. Something defined within 7 days, and not your turn to do it to your needs.
Return leftover drugs
When you have prescribed something and not just the box, do not store at home. You have to go to a recycling point at a pharmacy and leave them there. That is very important because it prevents accidents and be tempted to auto medicate.
Return expired medications
Expired medicines also have to stop at a recycling point. Do not throw away . They contain active principles and have to be recycled properly.
If you’re not a doctor, you can not take a drug to those who need prescription without getting so prescribed by a doctor. Whether you think you have the same symptoms as last time. Doctors study for 10 years to have the discretion to prescribe the right medicine in the right situation. There’s your turn to decide, but you leftover medicines at home.
What should have in your medicine cabinet?
It is advisable to have a kit at home to solve the problems of everyday life. Usually, it should consist of three types of things:
- Material cures for small domestic accidents. That is cotton, gauze pads, plasters, bandages, tape, surgical sutures, tape, saline, antiseptic and alcohol.
- Accessories, such as scissors, tweezers and a thermometer to detect fever.
- Drugs, but usually only the most common conditions such as mild analgesics, anti-inflammatory products for insect bites, sunburn ointment, and of course those drugs prescribed for chronic diseases family members.
If you want more advice on the proper use of medications, just ask your doctor next time, confidence or your pharmacist.