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Check Your Medicines

Tips for Taking Medicines Safely

 

Poster of checklist to help avoid medication errors.

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  • Bring a list or a bag with ALL your medicines when you go to your doctor's office, the pharmacy, or the hospital.
  • Ask questions about your medicines.
  • Make sure your medicine is what the doctor ordered.
  • Ask how to use the medicine correctly.
  • Ask about possible side effects.

Simple checks could save your life!

For more information, visit: http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/ and http://www.fda.gov/usemedicinesafely/.

Current as of March 2007
Internet Citation: Check Your Medicines: Tips for Taking Medicines Safely. March 2007. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/diagnosis-treatment/treatments/chkmedpost/index.html