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There are many types and combinations of medications used to treat heart diseases and risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and your doctor will decide the best treatment combination for you. Medications come in different shapes, colour and names and size. Remember that your healthcare provider and pharmacist are your best sources of information.

It’s important to discuss all of the drugs you take with your doctor and understand their desired effects and possible side effects. Never stop taking a medication and never change your dose or frequency without first consulting your doctor.


Using medications safely

Doctors, nurses and pharmacists work hard to keep you healthy, but you are also responsible. Learn what questions to ask. Expect answers – it’s your life and your health!

Unfortunately, medication errors happen. They happen in hospitals, in pharmacies, or even at home. And sometimes people get hurt because of these errors.

Ask your pharmacists, doctors and nurses about your medications

13 ways for Safe use of Medicine

1.    Know your medicines

    – Know the names, reason for use, and possible side effects.
    – Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you do not understand the instructions.
    – Contact your pharmacist or doctor if you are having a side effect.

2.    Take your medicines exactly as directed
3.    Continue taking all of your medicines until the doctor says to stop
4.    Keep a current list of your medicines

    – Keep an updated list of all of your prescription medicines, sample medicines, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, vitamins, and dietary/herbal supplements.
5.    Do not use old or expired medicines
6.    Store medicines in a cool and dry place

    – Do not store medicines in hot or warm places, in direct sunlight
    – or in a wet or damp place (bathroom).
7.    Store your medicines in one location

    – Keep all of your medicines in one place unless they need to be stored in the fridge.
8.    Use only one pharmacy or health centre

    – Use only one pharmacy or one health centre for all of your prescription medicines.
9.    Ask your pharmacist or doctor before taking any over-the-counter (OTC) medicines
10.    Read all of your medicine labels and written instructions before taking each medicine
11.    Do not share your medicines with other people, including family members.
12.    Bring an up-to-date medicine list to all of your doctor appointments.
13.    Keep medicines in their original container and keep them out of sight and reach of children