When taking a prescription or over-the-counter medication,
it is always important to keep yourself informed of what
you are taking. For example, are there any adverse side effects
associated with its use? What about dependency; could I get
addicted? In addition, being aware of drug interactions which
may occur is an essential key to being proactive about your
health. Drug information which answers questions like these
and provides a wealth of facts about different medications
can be found in a variety of places.
Pharmacists are a great resource for drug information and will be more than happy
to share their expertise upon request. If you have a question regarding the proper
dosage or how to self administer a certain medication, request to speak directly
with the pharmacist. He or she will give you the drug information you need in
a simple, easy to understand way. Additionally, when filling a prescription,
an insert or pamphlet should be provided to you with all pertinent drug information
relating to the specific medication. This resource will provide basic drug information
and should also include maximum dosage, possible side effects and how to best
avoid drug interactions. In addition to the pharmacy, there are other resources
now available to consumers that contain drug information and facts. For example,
many prescription medications that advertise on the television include a web
address when you can gain more drug information about their product. Also available
online, are medical journals which contain articles with the latest drug information
with some that may be downloaded into a PDF file. Remember to always verify any
medical information obtained online with a qualified health care provider.
Of course, drug information can always be obtained at your physician’s
office, by dialing 911 and by local emergency rooms in the event of a suspected
overdose or dependency.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.