Create Safe Medication Habits
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Organize your medication

If you are having problems remembering when to take your medications, talk to your pharmacist.

They can help you to:

  • Create a list of medications.  Keep the list with you at all times and show your healthcare professional
  • Choose a pill organizer that will suit your needs (ie: medication organizer, pillbox, pill dispenser, pill timers, medication alarms)
  • Blister-pack your medications.  Blister packs act as a visual reminder of which medication is to be taken next and when 

Try to stick with one pharmacy

This allows your pharmacist to:

  • keep track of your current medications
  • get to know your personal preferences
  • assist you with any issues or concerns you may have

General medication safety

  • Do not share your medications with friends or family members
  • Follow all directions and warnings on the label
  • Return all expired or unused medications to your community pharmacy so they can dispose of them safely.
  • Store all medications in their original containers out of the reach of children and pets
  • Do not mix different pills in one bottle
  • Call your pharmacist or doctor if you experience any unusual side effects.
  • Double-check the imprints on tablets and capsules after getting refills
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist before purchasing over the counter medications, nutritional or herbal products as some have the potential to cause dangerous interactions with current medications.

As a step towards reconciliation, Interior Health acknowledges the land that we live, work, and play on as the traditional territories of the Dakelh Dene, Ktunaxa, Nlaka’pamux, Secwepemc, St’at’imc, Syilx and Tsilhqot’in peoples. It is with humility that we continue to strengthen our relationships with the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples of the interior.
MoH     PCQO