Medications ... Don't just take them, understand how they work!

MAYS
By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-01-24 11:14:25 -0600
Started 2011-01-23 08:52:52 -0600

Many of us are prescribed medications for various reasons relating to our health.

Many of us take them because we have to.

Take it a step further, try to understand the medication and how it works within your body.

A little reading, a touch of research, and a few questions can increase your awareness as to what goes on inside of your body once you take your medication(s).

Some medications must be taken alone, others with meals, some jump start a process within you, others shut down a process, or at least delay it.
Some medications are friendly when combined with others, some are not.

Get to know the signs, and the symptoms of a allergic reaction to your medication(s) andwhat you should do if it occurs, be prepared to call your doctor, and\or pharmacist if necessary.

These allergic reactions can vary so read the list very, very carefully!

Certain foods, and beverages cannot be consumed with certain medications.
Get to know your medications based on size, shapes, identification markings, odors and colors.

Know the time difference required between dosages, keep a log book to record this information, follow the instructions pertaining to skipped dosages, if you are uncertain as to whether or not you have taken your medication don't panic, skip that dosage and take the next available one at the required time.

Talk to yur doctor, and your pharmacist about your medications.
Do not take medications that are not prescribed to you, or for your medical condition.

~Mays~

Learning more about Drug Interactions Booklet (pdf) download:

http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/health/dru...

(Drugs.com Website)

http://www.drugs.com/pill_identification.html

http://www.drugs.com/imprints.php

http://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.html

(Web MD Website)

http://www.webmd.com/pill-identification/defa...

http://www.webmd.com/drugs/

~Mays~


4 replies

realsis77
realsis77 2011-01-24 11:14:25 -0600 Report

Hi mays! Excellant advice. I always research any new medicine I'm perscribed. A lot of info can be found on the innernet . I do like to know how it works and what its doing to my body! They also list side effects that could occur and that's great info to know.always be an active part of your own treatment!

MewElla
MewElla 2011-01-23 14:16:35 -0600 Report

We all need to know what meds we take and what side effects to watch out for. After all, we can't leave vital information to just our dr.'s…This is our body and our life. Thanks for bringing all this information to each of us to really think about.

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-01-23 10:13:51 -0600 Report

Great article and well worth reading again to remind me of knowing what I am taking and why. I have been very fortuante in not having any or at least not noticing any side effects from the meds I have been given,

petals
petals 2011-01-23 09:44:01 -0600 Report

I do know what some of my medications do, but not all of them. Thanks for the info and giving me something to think about.

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