Do's and Don�ts of Pain Medication Jacksonville FL
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Medical School: Mandarin School of Chinese Medicine, 1996
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Do's and Don�ts of Pain Medication
Here is a brief list of Do's and Don'ts, which apply to you no matter which medicines you are taking for pain.
DO'S Know the name, dosage and side effects, if any, of your medications.
Have a responsible member of your family learn the timing of your medications and the way you take them.
Follow the instructions on the label carefully. Many medicines for pain are ordered "PRN"; this means you take them "as needed"; take these medications BEFORE your pain gets severe. They are more effective at the START of pain.
Reorder your medication before you run out of it.
Remember that narcotics require a written form from your physician, so it is important to call for refills during office hours.
Know the name and phone number of your pharmacy.
TRIPLE check to make certain you have the right medications before taking them. If your eyesight is poor, use a magnifying glass to read the label.
Keep a written list of all the medications you are currently taking. Include on this list any medications you have taken in the past which have given you unpleasant side effects, and any medications to which you are allergic. Carry a copy of the list in your wallet or purse. Bring it with you when you visit your doctor, or if you return to the hospital.
Keep a careful record of each time you take your medicine, including the date and time (AM or PM).
DONT'S Transfer drugs from one container to another.
Take medications in the dark-read the labels.
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