Risk Reduction - Play it Safe

Risk Reduction - Play it Safe

Here are some simple things you can do to reduce risk, improve medication safety and avoid problems


Most common drug side effects:


Less-Common drug reactions:

  • Know the medications you take
    • Make a list of all your medications
    • Keep a copy of your medication list with you at all times. This can be very helpful in an emergency.
    • Check the expiration dates on all labels.
    • Don't mix your medications in a single bottle.
    • Store medication in a cool and dry place.
    • Be aware that information about your medications may change, so keep informed and ask questions
  • Limit the number of different providers you see. Be sure all of your providers know your complete medication list. And when possible, fill your prescriptions at the same pharmacy
  • Tell your healthcare team about
    • Any medication you have stopped taking or any new medication you have started. Do this at every clinic visit.
    • Any allergy or adverse effect from a medication
  • Ask for information about your medication when it is ordered. If you do not understand something, ask your provider or pharmacist to explain.
  • Always talk to your provider or pharmacist before taking herbals or supplements.
  • Dispose of medications safely

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Reviewed/Updated Date: May 2011
Clinical Advisory Board Sponsor: Rose Mary Pries, PhD
Clinical Subject Matter Experts: Maureen Layden, MD, MPH; Eric Spahn, PharmD
Patient Education Subject Matter Experts: Kathy Horvath, PhD

Tip of the Day

Tip of Day

Here's something to consider:
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at a large group of retired elderly, nonsmoking men who were followed for 12 years. Those who walked less than 1 mile/day were almost 2 times more likely to die from any cause than those who walked more than 2 miles/day. So, let's get to walking! Every day!

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