Are you using your Prescription Medications Safely?

Doctors prescribe medications for hundreds of conditions; if you have a serious illness, you may be on several medications at once. Whether you are on only one prescription medication or several, it’s important for you to know how to use prescription medications safely. People who don’t take these precautions may end up getting sicker or even dying as a result of prescription medication errors.

Make Sure You Understand Directions

It’s important to take prescription medications only as directed. Taking too much or too little or taking the medication in a different way than prescribed can lead to complications. Follow your doctor’s instructions completely. If he or she says to wait two hours after eating before taking a new medicine, for example, make sure that you do this.

These kinds of instructions can help you avoid serious complications that could land you in the hospital.When your doctor prescribes the medication, he or she will explain how to take it properly. Ask questions if you don’t understand something or have any concerns. Make sure you know things like:

  • Whether you are supposed to take the medication with food.
  • Are there are any foods you should avoid?
  • How often to take the medication?
  • What to do if you forget to take the medication at the right time?
  • Whether you can drive safely while on the medication?
  • What potential side effects you might experience?

Drug Interactions

If you’re on any other medications, it’s vital that you find out how the new medication might interact with them. For this reason, it’s important that you always tell your doctor what medications you are currently taking. That way, he or she doesn’t accidentally prescribe something that will interact badly with your current medications.

In addition to drug interactions with other prescription medications, you need to know how your medication interacts with other common drugs:


Many medications can affect you adversely if taken with alcohol.  The alcohol may negate the medication’s effects or cause serious complications. If you take certain medications with alcohol, you might stop breathing or your heart may even stop beating.

Over-the-counter remedies

One of the reasons for many drug-related visits to the hospital is that people are not aware that taking common over-the-counter medications can cause serious problems. Aspirin, cold/cough medicines and ibuprofen may all interact with your prescription medication.

Herbal remedies

Some herbal supplements interact badly with pharmaceutical drugs. For example, if you take St. John’s Wort while on prescription medication for depression or anxiety, it can be quite dangerous.

Side Effects

It’s important to find out about your medication’s side effects. Many medications cause some discomfort, such as nausea or stomach aches; in addition, some medications have very serious side effects that require a doctor’s intervention if they occur. It is also wise to follow the news and perform your own research to learn of any new side effects that have been reported on your medications.

For example, our Pradaxa attorney wants you to know that it was recently discovered that the risks from this anticoagulant drug were under-reported by the makers of the drug, and that many patients are now suffering from major bleeding. If people taking this medication have been following the Pradaxa lawsuit news, they know that they should contact their doctor immediately to discuss their risks.

Many people rely on their doctors’ expertise to keep them safe when they are on prescribed medication. However, doctors aren’t always aware of every issue surrounding medications, so it’s important to do your own research and learn how to use your prescription medications safely.

How To Beat Stress And Feel Your Best

stress controlMany skincare companies are boasting clinical proof that their products are able to relieve stress and improve your mental health – at least for the moment. Is that possible? We asked five women to give these products a try and report back on their stress levels.

The first product put to the test by Jessie from was a bath oil with chamomile and lavender and mint. Mandy gave it a try after a particularly bad day at work that was followed by a fight with her boyfriend. “The packaging said to dim the lights, light candles and put on soft music. I thought, ‘No way. This stuff better work all by itself. No one’s given me a break today.’ I kept the lights on and slid into the tub ready to be critical of a stress relieving bath oil. Yeah right. I was immediately surprised that the aromas wrapped around me the second I disturbed the water.

This was a bath oil but it wasn’t greasy at all. This might sound crazy but it felt like the water was touching my skin like a gentle massage. I kept moving my legs to keep the water moving. The mint was really nice too. It made me feel relaxed but energized. This product gets a big thumbs up from me… and my boyfriend.”

Next we tested a stress relieving massage cream designed to reduce stress caused by fatigued muscles. Layton gave this product a real workout after a 12 hour shift as an ER nurse. “This shift was crazy. I was literally running for hours on end. My calves and shoulders and heels ached so bad by the time I got home. It was actually hard to get out of the car after my 30 minute drive home.

My husband used the massage cream on all my tired spots. I asked him not to massage me too much so I could see how well the cream did on its own. The label said the blend of exotic essential oils would penetrate my skin and do the work all by itself. It did smell good and it felt good when he rubbed it in. After 15 minutes the scent faded and I didn’t feel any different.

My hubby came back and really worked my tired muscles. That was the relief I was looking for. The massage cream did hold up and not absorb so the massage was nice, but alone it was just another cream.”

Annabella tried a stress relieving body wash followed by a stress-busting body spray after receiving some particularly bad news about a family member’s health. “I’m not naive enough to think that anything could eliminate the stress of my day, but I figured that if this product had any stress-busting abilities I needed them now.

A hot shower felt good and the body wash really did live up to the claims on the bottle. It lathered really well – enough to cover all of me without refilling my loofah. It smelled heavenly, really soft and comforting, not flowery or harsh. My skin actually felt soft and smooth and stayed that way without additional lotion after I got out.

Once I was dried off I was disappointed that my shower was over and I felt the stress creeping back. I spritzed on the body spray and the same soft scent from the shower filled my room. It lasted for hours and was a nice reminder to not give in to the worry and stress of my day. My conclusion is that if you’re looking for a bit of relief, this product really could help.”