Medication Safety

For your safety:

  • Make a list of your medications and bring it with you
  • Include any over-the-counter medicines, vitamins or supplements on your list
  • If you don't have a list, bring all your medicines with you in a bag
  • Ask a doctor, nurse or pharmacist about anything you don't understand
  • Discuss any allergies or reactions to drugs with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist
  • Check your prescription before you leave the pharmacy to make sure it is right. Pharmacies normally will not take medicine back once it is purchased.

Taking your medicine


  • Know the name and color of the medicine
  • Ask the doctor or pharmacist:
    • what is it?
    • what is it for?
    • how do I take it?
    • how much do I take?
    • how often do I take it?
    • what should I look for?
  • Keep your medicine in a safe place away from the reach of children


  • Take your medicine in the dark
  • Take your medicine without your glasses if you need them to read
  • Be afraid to speak up if something is not right

National Medication Safety Resources