Read labels carefully for
directions about proper use, storage, contra-indications, expiry date, etc. Discard
When taking out tablets, tear the
strip in such a manner that the expiry date can be seen even for future use.
Make sure you understand all
instructions before leaving your doctor's clinic. If in doubt, request your
doctor to write out the dosage and other directions in a simple format.
Do not take scheduled drugs used by a
friend or relative as the same medicine may work differently for different people.
Check with your doctor first.
Always inform your doctor of
previous illnesses, medicines taken, doses, problems experienced, if any, and of any
medicines you are already taking.
While purchasing medicines, see that the
seal is not broken or punctured and the wrapping is not damaged. If you find a
medicine is discoloured, smells funny or seems damaged or defective in any way, do not use
Take your doses regularly.
Make a chart of your medicine Timings. Put it up where you can see it and tick off each
dose after you've taken it.
Keep all medicines out of
children's reach. Consult a doctor before giving more than one medicine at a time to a
child and also when giving any OTC drug to a child recovering from an earlier illness.
Always close the cap tightly and
keep medicine bottles clean on the outside. Sticky bottles, particularly of paediatric
syrups, not only collect dust, but also attract ants.
Always keep medicines in their
original container with the labels intact. Before reusing a medicine bottle to store
any other substance, remove the earlier label. Stick a new, bold label and store the
bottle away from other medicines.
Keep medicines for local
application away from medicines to be taken orally.
If your symptoms continue,
worsen, or if you experience some side-effects after taking any medicine, check with your