Always follow safe medication use tips:
- Do not share your prescription painkillers or other medications with anyone.
- Do not take someone else’s prescription medication.
- Store your prescription painkillers and other medications securely.
- Safely dispose of expired, unused, or unwanted prescription medications.
When picking up a prescription…
- Read and examine the label. Your pharmacist put all that information on there for a reason.
- Count the number of pills in the bottle and be sure it matches the amount indicated on the label.
- If the label describes what the pills should look like, make sure what’s in the bottle matches. If not, tell your pharmacist.
- When you pick up a refill, examine the pills to be sure they look the same as the last batch.
- If you have questions about the ingredients, warnings, directions, or anything else having to do with your prescription, ask the pharmacist while you’re there.
When taking medication at home…
- Take your painkiller medications only as long as they’re needed, and never more than directed by your prescribing medical professional.
- Always double check the label to be sure you’re taking the correct pill.
- Do not crush pills unless you have been instructed to do so by your doctor or pharmacist.
If something goes wrong…
- If you or someone you know has an adverse reaction to a new prescription, call your doctor immediately.
- If you miss a dose, call your doctor for instructions.
- If you take too large of a dose or accidentally take the wrong medication, call the poison control center immediately at 800-222-1222.