10 Tips to be “Medicine Smart”

  1. Always read and follow the instructions on the medicine label.
  2. Choose a medicine that will treat only the symptoms you have.
  3. Know what to avoid while taking a medicine (other medicines; certain foods; alcohol).
  4. If you have questions about a medicine, ask a pharmacist or another healthcare professional before you buy it.
  5. Take the medicine exactly as directed on the label.
  6. Be cautious when taking more than one medicine at a time, and ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about potential interactions.
  7. Don’t combine prescription medicines and OTC medicines without talking to a healthcare professional first.
  8. Share an up-to-date list of the medicines you take, including prescription, OTC, and dietary and herbal supplements, with each healthcare professional you see.
  9. Do not share your medicines or take someone else’s medicines.
  10. Do not use medicines after the expiration date. When medicines are expired, or are not longer needed, dispose of them properly. (Learn more about the proper storage and disposal of your medicines.)