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Drugs are generally safe when used as directed. But there are risks with any drug – whether prescribed or purchased over the counter. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 700,000 emergency room visits are due to adverse drug events every year.
You can help prevent this from happening to you by understanding the drugs you take and asking your doctors and pharmacist questions about them. If you take multiple drugs, you’re especially vulnerable. Log in to your account to get information about your personal risk, including:
Take a moment to review our tips to safely take drugs, find out how to recognize when you’re at risk, and learn about a program that may help you and your health care team better manage your medication plan.
If a doctor writes a prescription, make sure you understand what it is for and how to take it. Your pharmacist is also an excellent source of information. If you don’t understand something, ask questions.
These tips can help you stay safe while taking drugs:
Ask the pharmacist these questions each time you get a prescription filled for a new drug:
Asking these and other questions that may arise will help you avoid drug interactions and ensure that you are using the drug properly.
Taking multiple drugs at the same time is called polypharmacy. Polypharmacy means “many drugs.” This doesn’t just refer to prescription drugs. Over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements, including herbs and vitamins, can also contribute to polypharmacy.
Polypharmacy can put you at risk for:
These problems often result when patients have multiple conditions that require different doctors or when they go to multiple pharmacies. It’s important to know if you are at risk for polypharmacy and how to prevent it.
Take this quick test to find out. Do you:
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be at risk for polypharmacy. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a complete medication review.
You can prevent dangerous drug interactions with a little education and preparation:
A drug error is any preventable event that involves prescribing or taking a prescription medication. These errors can include:
Individuals with chronic diseases are at particular risk for drug errors. These errors can result in serious complications such as heart attacks, falls, blood clots and kidney failure. Our Medication Therapy Management Program, or MTMP, aims to prevent drug errors.
MTMP is a collaboration between you and your pharmacist and doctors to ensure that you take the correct medications while achieving the best possible outcome.
Our clinical pharmacists work to understand your health care goals, needs and barriers to receiving care. Your doctor then uses this information to develop a drug plan that may include drug or dosing changes, generic drug alternatives, ordering lab tests and recommending tools to make the plan easier to follow.
Benefits of our Medication Therapy Management Program include:
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