Taking Medication Safely

If you’re prescribed medication it’s important to find out as much about it as you can – this could help prevent avoidable side effects.


What to Ask Your GP:

The NHS recommends asking the following questions and taking a note of the answers before leaving your GP’s office, if possible.

  • What’s the name of the condition this medicine will treat?
  • What’s the name of the medicine?
  • How does it treat my condition?
  • What’s the name of its active ingredient?
  • Did you check that it doesn’t contain anything I’m allergic to?
  • How long will it take to work? How should I store the medication? Does it need to be refrigerated?
  • Can the pharmacist substitute a less expensive, generic form of the medicine?


Find Out How to Take It

Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to take any medication. If you don’t know the meaning of a word, or instructions aren’t clear, always ask.


Ask What to Expect

Knowing what to expect when you take a medication is an important part of care planning and can help prevent accidents.


Tips for Taking Medicines

Taking medication is not always easy to do correctly, especially if you are taking more than one.


  • Check the label on your medicine before taking it
  • Read and save any written information that comes with it
  • Take the medicine according to the label
  • Don’t take more or less than the prescribed amount
  • If swallowing tablets is difficult, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. However, do NOT break, crush, or chew tablets without asking a health professional first
  • Checking expiration dates and throw away medicine that has expired
  • Try to set and follow a routine for taking your medicines


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