Drugs - By Category
How to Use Your Medications
Most medications are taken by mouth but many are given as drops, ointments, skin patches, self injections, suppositories, and with an inhaler. Learn, step-by-step, how to use your medications and to make sure all your drugs are being properly stored.
Understanding how medications work may help you better manage your health condition. This information answers the basic questions about drug dosages, side effects, interactions between drugs and foods, and dealing with drug allergies and overdoses. Learn about generic drugs and the mystery of those abbreviations on a prescription.
Your Health Condition and Your Medications
Most common chronic illnesses are treated with a combination of drugs and lifestyle changes. Learn about the medications that you can use to help you manage your condition, including new drugs and those currently being tested.
Over-the counter (OTC) drugs can be purchased without a prescription and are commonly used to treat symptoms of common illnesses that may not require the direct supervision of a physician. With thousands of OTC drugs available, learn how to safely choose the appropriate one for your condition and how to save money on your purchase.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor and Pharmacist
It’s very important that you be an active partner in your healthcare. Find out what your doctor expects from you and the questions you need to ask your doctor and pharmacist to make sure you understand your medications. And, learn about the drug information resources available on the Internet and in your library.
Health Insurance and Medicare
Some health plans include coverage for prescription medications and it’s important that you understand your health plan’s formulary and what drug benefits you have. If you are over 65, learn about Medicare Part D, including how to choose a drug plan and how to deal with the dreaded coverage gap.
Drug errors are a common cause of hospitalization and deaths that can be prevented by understanding the safe use of medications. Learn how to prevent medication mistakes at home, in your doctor’s office, at the pharmacy and in the hospital.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for the safety and effectiveness of medications, including new prescription drugs, generic drugs and over-the-counter drugs. Find out how new drugs are tested in clinical trials and how they are approved by the FDA. Learn how to use the FDA’s website to get safety information about your medications.
Medication Glossary - Definitions of Drug and Medical Terms
Be an informed consumer. Learn the meaning of words and phrases related to the use of medications. Be able to understand some of the jargon your healthcare providers use when talking about medications.
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