5 Tips for Safe Prescription Drug Use

5 Tips for Safe Prescription Drug Use

  1. Understand the dosage that was prescribed for you and do not deviate from it. Some drugs are designed to be taken at regular intervals so that a steady level of the drug is maintained in the bloodstream. Others are to be taken on an as-needed basis, with maximum dosages that are not to be exceeded. A common problem that Canada residents encounter is the inability to remember whether a medication dose has already been taken. It is wise to have a chart or other means of noting that a drug has been consumed. It is also important to know what should be done if a dose is missed.
  1. Communicate regularly and openly with your doctor. Your doctors should know if the medication is less effective than it used to be, as this can be a sign of a worsening condition or of drug tolerance. If you have had a history of addiction, the doctor needs to know that as well. That information may affect which medication is prescribed or how often follow up visits are scheduled.
  1. Learn the possible side effects, drug interactions and risks associated with the medication. If a medication has addiction potential, it is also wise to learn the withdrawal symptoms associated with it. Recognizing withdrawal symptoms can be important to determining if a physical dependence on the drug is developing. Prescriptions come with printed information that should be thoroughly read. Your doctors and pharmacists should be able to answer questions about the medication.
  1. When possible, use the same pharmacy for all your medications. The pharmacist can then be aware of any possible interactions between your prescriptions. It is also a good idea to inform the doctor and pharmacist of any vitamins or natural supplements you take.
  1. Only use prescription medications prescribed for you. Never take a prescription drug that a friend or family member offers you and never offer to share your medication with someone else. Doing so is both dangerous and illegal.

Finding Help for Canada Residents with Prescription Drug Addictions

If you or a loved one in Canada has developed an addiction to a prescription drug, please call our toll-free helpline now. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and help you find a treatment program that meets your needs. Call now, and begin the journey of recovery.