1. Maintain ongoing communications among you, your Doctor and your Pharmacy
  2. Medications are accurately labeled and match information from your Doctor
  3. Ask for medication directions to be printed in larger print if difficult to read
  4. Physician is notified of medication misuse or inappropriate use
  5. All medications administered are current
  6. Know what each medication is, why taking, how often, and when to take
  7. Use only one Pharmacy that maintains current medication records, coordinating and comparing medications when you have more than one Doctor
  8. Ask for easy-off prescription bottle caps, NOT childproof bottle caps
  9. Receive written and verbal drug information with each prescription filled
  10. Know which medications can be crushed or split
  11. Don't stop taking medications with the Doctors approval if symptoms disappear
  12. Never take other peoples medications
  13. Keep copy of prescription insurance card readily available
  14. Make Pharmacy aware of any status changes as they occur: address, phone, insurance, Doctor
  15. Have prescriptions refilled far enough in advance to avoid running out
  16. Examine medications when picking them up or before taking them to ensure that they are the same size, shape, color and integrity as before
  17. Know what each of your medications look like
  18. Check for capsules and tablets that differ in any way from the others in the bottle
  19. Is the dosage the same as the previous batch, checking for the prescribed number of pills and strength
  20. If the pills are now a generic brand, as the Pharmacist if they are exactly like the pill originally prescribed
  21. Did your Doctor approve generic substitution
  22. When traveling, ask your Pharmacist if you should adjust medication schedules to account for time changes, routine, or diet
  23. Carry your Pharmacist and Doctors phone numbers with you at all time
  24. Carry your medications with you on board if flying, never pack in checked luggage
  25. Review ALL your medications with your Doctor and Pharmacist at least once a year: prescriptions, non-prescriptions, herbals, dietary supplements and any other types of medications you are taking


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