doctor's orders carefully;
Use prescription medications wisely
Submitted by Business Psychology Associates
(State of Idaho Employee Assistance Provider)
is sometimes necessary for you to see a physician when sick or injured
and you may come away with a prescription for medication. When these
medications are taken carefully, appropriately and as prescribed, the
odds of successfully treating, and in some cases curing, a particular
It is extremely important to take prescription drugs
as prescribed. Taking medication incorrectly is a common cause of lingering
or returning illnesses. If you are taking multiple medications, it is
especially important to make sure that they will not interact in a harmful
When taking any kind of medication, remember these points:
Take the exact dosage - no more, no less.
Take the medication at proper intervals - do not
take it more or less frequently than prescribed.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist what to do if you miss
a dose or take too much.
Do not stop taking medication because you feel better
or your symptoms are relieved. Take it for as long as your doctor
Let your doctor know about any drugs you are currently
taking, including aspirin, birth control pills, and illegal drugs.
Tell your doctor if you are or might become pregnant,
or if you are nursing a baby.
Ask your doctor about side effects and possible long-term
effects, and what to do if they occur.
Purchase all medication at the same pharmacy - your
pharmacist will be more likely to know of possible drug interactions.
Ask your doctor about drug interactions with certain
foods or food supplements (such as vitamins).
Alcohol can make prescription drugs extremely dangerous
- be aware.
Check to see if medication can affect driving and
Your employer might require notification if you are
taking certain prescription drugs, especially when policy prohibits
them on company premises without prior approval and/or the employer
has a drug screening program and you might be tested.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns.
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