Many of us take multiple prescription medications. If multiple different physicians are prescribing you medication, you could be at risk of accidental poisoning. Here are a few ways you can avoid an accident with your medication.
Tips to Prevent Accidental Medication Poisoning
Keep a List of Medications
One of the first steps you can take to combat accidental medication poisoning is keeping a detailed list of all of your prescriptions. Your list should include:
- Medication name
- Name of the prescribing physician
It’s important to learn about the medications you are taking to understand what they can and cannot be mixed with. Most pharmacies will give you a pamphlet explaining the possible negative side effects and ingestion instructions. It’s a good idea to keep track of any important instructions, like taking it with food, on your medication list. When it comes to preventing accidental medication poisoning, knowledge is crucial.
Keep a Journal
If you do experience negative side effects while taking multiple medications and you are concerned about accidental poisoning, start a journal. Write down any symptoms you experience, the time of day you experienced them, and if you took them with or without food. It might also be a good idea to take note of what food you ingested with your medication because some hinge on specific dietary restrictions.
Only Use One Pharmacy
Using a single pharmacy can reduce the risk of accidental medication poisoning if you have multiple physicians. Your individual physicians may not be aware of the medications your other physicians have prescribed. So, if you only use one pharmacy, all of your medications will be consolidated. Your pharmacist will likely notice if your medications are not compatible if they’re the one dispensing all of them. Still, it’s always a good idea to double-check with them when you pick up your prescriptions.
Speak With Your Physician
The best way to avoid accidental medication poisoning is to communicate with your physician. If you keep a list of all of your medications, bring it with you to your appointments so you can consult with them about any potentially dangerous prescription combinations.
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