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Step up to a Healthier You with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

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Your safety is very important when you are taking medications.  To ensure your safety, the best thing that you can do is be informed and engaged in your own health.  

Know Your Medication

When getting a new prescription from your physician or when taking a new over the counter medication, here are some key pieces of information you should know:

What is this medication?

  • Why am I taking this medication?
  • What effect will it have on me?When and how should I take it?
  • Are there any side effects?
  • What should I do if I experience side effects?
  • Is there a particular time of day that I should be taking the medication?
  • Can it be taken with food?
  • Can I drink alcohol while on this medication?
  • Will it make me sleepy? 

Your doctor and pharmacist are there to help. Don’t be afraid to ask them any questions.

Medication List

Keeping an up to date medication list with you is also important. This is to help you remember your medications if the doctor or pharmacist is asking, or to help if you are admitted to the hospital. Knowing what medications you are taking can help the health care team by giving clues as to what conditions you may have if you are unable to discuss this with them.

Here are some things to include on your list:

  • List of allergies
  • All prescription medications including inhalers, patches, eye/ear drops, injections, creams, etc.
  • All over the counter medications
  • All vitamins and herbal products
  • Always include the dose of the medication, as well as how often and when you take them. Example: Ramipril 10mg 1 capsule once daily in the morning

Bring your up-to-date list of medications and natural health products to all your health care provider appointments.

Natural Health Products

You should always consult the pharmacist when selecting over the counter medications, including natural health products such as herbal supplements, vitamins, and minerals. Even though they are available without a prescription, not all products are ideal based on the medical conditions you may have. Some products may interact with certain medications which may be dangerous. It is best to discuss the options with a pharmacist who can assist you in selecting a product that is best for you.