April ushers in our first full month of spring, but April is also Medication Management Month. During April we focus special attention on various aspects involved in managing our medications, including safely issues, how to get our numerous questions answered, and what to do in case of a medication emergency.
Two important safety considerations are: (1) taking the correct medications and taking those medications in the correct dosages, and (2) remembering when to take your medication and whether or not you’ve taken it. Some ways to make sure you are taking the right medication, and reading the instructions properly are: to wear glasses if you need them, to use a magnifier, to use strong lighting and to ask the pharmacy for large print labels on your medication containers. Devising a reminder system that helps you remember whether or not you have taken your medication at the proper time is also critically important in order to avoid medication errors. Some people set up pill boxes with their doses in specific spots for the time their medication must be taken. Others may use an alarm system that will go off to remind them to take their medication, but you can also use a dose calendar where you make a check mark after each dose is taken. There are many ways to do this and you may have developed one for yourself that works well. If you haven’t a system in place, make that a priority for this month’s focus on Medication Management.
If you have a question about your medication, contact your pharmacist or your doctor. They will be happy to answer your questions and put your mind at ease.
If you have a medication emergency… perhaps a grandchild takes your medication, or the wrong pill is swallowed, or too many pills were taken, or you are having a side effect or illness from your medication… you can call the POISON CENTER hotline at 1-800-222-1222. The POISON CENTER is open 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week and all calls are FREE.
Let’s use Medication Management Month to put systems for safety in place!
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