Healthy eating, exercise, meditation…All of these things are proven to keep you healthy in your body, mind and spirit, but even the most careful person can get sick.
The World Health Day is a global health celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Even though World Health Day on April 7th just passed, the American Recall Center would like to continue celebrating this as a chance to raise awareness on medication safety! It is so important to know more about medications that are being prescribed because each year, around 700,000 emergency visits come from incorrect medication use. The first step to preventing this from happening would be to ask questions.
It is your responsibility, for yourself and your family, to help your doctor find the right medications for you. The doctor needs to know your medical history, other medications being taken, and life plans such as hoping to have a baby. After taking the medication for a short time, you should tell the doctor about favorable results as well as side effects.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and professional organizations recommend that the patient or a family member ask the following questions when a medication is prescribed.
Don’t take anything for granted. Medications are powerful and must be used in the way that they are prescribed and only be taken by the person they are prescribed to. Always take control of your own health. Always ask questions and I suggest writing down the answers so you can refer to them again later-they are so easy to forget!
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- What is the name of the medication, and what is it supposed to do?
- How long before you expect to see results?
- What kind of track record in terms of effectiveness does this medication have?
- What are the primary short-term side effects of this medication?
- Does this medication have any long-term side effects that I should be aware of, such as diabetes, sexual side effects, or weight gain?
- Are there ways to minimize these side effects?
- How and when do I take it, and when do I stop taking it?
- What foods, drinks, or other medications should I avoid while taking the prescribed medication?
- Should it be taken with food or on an empty stomach?
- Is it safe to drink alcohol while on this medication?
- How do you monitor this medication? Are there specific tests you run to help monitor this medication?
- What are you prescribing this particular medication over a similar medication?
- How will we know when it’s time to stop taking this medication, or if the dose will need to be changed?
- Is it safe for me to continue taking aspirin, Advil, vitamin and/or herbal supplements when taking this medication? Is there something specific I should avoid?
- Is a generic version of this medication available?
- What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication? Take it immediately when I remember, or wait until my next regularly scheduled dose?
**Due to a recent development in the health community, one of the options for knee replacements, the Zimmer Persona Tibial Plate, has been recalled due to issues that have even forced some people back into surgery. This is why it is so important to ask questions before these types of surgeries! If you’d like to read more, information can be found here: http://www.recallcenter.com/zimmer-persona-knee-replacement/
Here’s a great story I want to share about a dog named Dodi, who has epilepsy. Before arriving at Home for Life, she had three previous homes, and faced euthanasia after it was decided that a suitable home would be impossible to find and no other options remained. That’s when Home for Life took her in. These days, Dodi isn’t known for her seizures. Quite the contrary: She’s celebrated as a therapy dog. Because medicine is such an important part of her life, she spends her days visiting children in hospitals, paying it forward by teaching them the importance of taking their own meds on time.