Prescription Drug Safety
- Follow the directions your pharmacist gives you. If you are unsure or cannot remember the instructions, they can be found on the label under your name.
- If you are still unsure, call your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
- Store medication in cool, dry places. Ensure your storage location is out of reach for pets and children.
- Purchase a lock box for your medications.
- Prescription medication shouldn't be used by ANYONE other than the person who's name is on the bottle.
- Get rid of any unused or expired medication. DON'T use prescription drugs after their expiration date. Information on disposal boxes in the La Crosse area can be found here.
Over-The-Counter (OTC) Drug Safety
- Be sure to read the label to make sure it is the right medication for your illness. Be sure to read ALL of it. If you are still unsure, ask your doctor or a pharmacist.
- These medications can still cause harm if taken incorrectly. Be sure to follow the directions.
- Be extra cautious when taking more than one OTC medicine.
- Keep a list of all OTC, prescription, and herbal supplements (ex. melatonin, ginseng) you take and give your doctor this list at each appointment.
- As with prescription drugs, DON'T use these medicines after their expiration date.