Before using your medicine
Before using any medicine, telhealth care professionals:
If you have ever had an allergic or unusuareaction to any medicine, food, or other substance, such as sulfites.
If you are on a low-salt, low-sugar, or any other speciadiet. Most medicines contain more than their active ingredient, and many liquid medicines contain alcohol.
If you are pregnant or if you plan to become pregnant. Certain medicines may cause birth defects or other problems in the unborn child. For other medicines, safe use during pregnancy has not been established. The use of any medicine during pregnancy must be carefully considered and should be discussed with a health care professional.
If you are breast-feeding. Some medicines may pass into the breast milk and cause unwanted effects in the baby.
If you are now taking or have taken any medicines or dietary supplements in the recent past. Do not forget over-the-counter (nonprescription) medicines such as pain relievers, laxatives, and antacids or dietary supplements.
If you have any medicaproblems other than the one(s) for which your medicine was prescribed.
If you have difficulty remembering things or reading labels.
Storage of your medicine
It is important to store your medicines properly. Guidelines for proper storage include:
Keep out of the reach of children.
Keep medicines in their originacontainers.
Store away from heat and direct light.
Do not store capsules or tablets in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down. Also, do not leave the cotton plug in a medicine container that has been opened, since it may draw moisture into the container.
Do not store medicines in the refrigerator unless directed to do so.
Do not leave your medicines in an automobile for long periods of time.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine that is no longer needed.
Be sure that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.