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Medication Safety Tips:

  • Talk to your pharmacist and doctor if pills make you drowsy or dizzy. They may need to change the type, dose, or time of day you take them.
  • When you stand up, pause; get your balance and then move.
  • Alcohol affects medications. Be careful. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist.
  • Use only one pharmacy to fill prescriptions. It is important that your pharmacist knows all the medications you take to predict side-effects.
  • Keep a current medication list in your wallet and at home. Review them yearly with your pharmacist and doctor.
  • Use only your prescribed medications, not someone else’s
  • Check the expiry date and take expired medications back to your pharmacist

When you are prescribed medication ask your doctor and pharmacist the following questions:

  • What is this medication used for?
  • When and how long should I take it?
  • How long do I need to take it for?
  • What are the side effects?
  • Will it increase my chance of falling?
  • What do I do if I have a side effect?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • Will if affect any of the other medication I am taking?
  • Should I avoid any food or beverages?
  • What needs to be done to monitor this medication?

Helpful tips: your doctor or pharmacist can give you advice if you are: 

  • Having trouble swallowing your medication
  • Having trouble opening your medication or handling your pills
  • Having difficulty reading the medication labels
  • Finding it hard to remember to take your medication

This information was brought to you by Finding Balance, developed by the Alberta Center for Injury Control and Research and the Alberta Medical Association.