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Prescription Medications

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Understanding Prescription Medications

Millions of Americans take prescription medications. It is important to understand that although these products are legal and readily available, inappropriate use can cause accidental poisonings.

Medication is the cause of nearly half of all poisonings in adults over age 60.

Keep Your Family Safe

Prescription medications can be hazardous if not used properly.

  • Be aware of all medications in your house. Keep them out of the reach and sight of children. Do not keep medicines in your purse.
  • Read labels carefully.
  • Never tell your child that medication is candy.
  • Don’t take medicine in front of your child or give medicine to one child while another is watching.
  • Make sure you understand how to use and store your medications. If you have questions, ask your pharmacist.
  • Make a list of all prescription and over-the-counter medications you take. Include the dosages. Share this with all of your doctors.
  • Always use the same pharmacy to fill your prescriptions.
  • Each time you get a prescription filled, double-check it to make sure you received the correct medication and dose.
  • Keep your medications in their original, child-resistant containers.
  • Don’t take medications in the dark.
  • Try to follow a regular schedule for taking medications.
  • Never take someone else’s medication.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking any medicine.
  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking vitamins or herbal products. Some can interact with prescription medications.

If you suspect an overdose or poisoning from a prescription medication, call The University of Kansas Hospital Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.