Health Program

 Safe Medication Use

Your doctors, nurses and pharmacists work hard to keep you healthy, but you are also responsible. Learn what questions to ask.


  • Make a list of medications you are taking now. Include the dose, how often you take them, the imprint on each tablet or capsule, and the name of the pharmacy. The imprint can help you identify a drug when you get refills.

  • Any time that your medications change, change your list, too. Double-check the imprints on the tablets and capsules.

  • Also list your medication and food allergies, and any over-the-counter medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements or herbal products that you take regularly.

  • Keep medications in their original containers. Many pills look alike, so by keeping them in their original containers, you will know which is which and how to take them.

  • Never take someone else’s medication. You don’t know if it will interact with your medications, the dose may be wrong for you, or you may be allergic to it.

  • Read the label every time you take a dose to make sure you have the right drug and that you are following the instructions.

  • Turn on the lights to take your medications. If you can’t see what you’re taking, you may take the wrong thing.

  • Don’t store medications in the bathroom medicine cabinet or in direct sunlight. Humidity, heat and light can affect medications’ potency and safety.