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Medication Safety

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.

Medication Safety for Seniors
Many seniors have chronic health conditions and take multiple medications. This high use of prescription drugs combined with age-related infirmities is related to the increasing number of adverse drug events.

Side Effects – Age Increases Risk for Medication Side Effects
Side effects from medications increase as we age. In older adults, changes in the body can affect the way medications are absorbed and utilized. We become more sensitive to medications, and we are more likely to experience increased side effects, drug interactions and other adverse drug reactions.

Counterfeit Drugs: How to Avoid Fake Drugs
Counterfeit drugs are medications that are produced using ingredients that may be inactive, incorrect or harmful. Counterfeit drugs can put you at risk for serious health problems.

How can I properly dispose of medications that I no longer use?
Tips for safely disposing of medications that are expired or you are no longer using.

How To Take Your Medications Safely
The more information you have about your medications and your health condition, the better able you are to prevent errors and to take care of yourself. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices recommends things you can do at home, at the hospital, and at your healthcare provider’s office to be safe when using medications.

Your Medicine: Play it Safe
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides information about how to take your medications safely. The online brochure includes a Medicine Record Form to help you keep track of your medications.

Medicine Cabinet Clean Out
A pediatrician offers advice about how to rid your child's medicine cabinet of products that are no longer considered safe, and prescription and over-the-counter medications that have expired.

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