Taking Medicines Safely

What does it mean to take medicine safely?

Every year, more than one million Americans get sick from medication errors. An example is when a patient takes too much or not enough of a medicine and it makes him or her sick. This can also happen if your doctors prescribe medicines that should not be taken together. The best way to take your medicine safely is to make sure you are taking the right medication, at the right time, and in the right way.

How is medicine safety part of high quality health care?

Your doctor should check with you at least once a year to make sure that you are taking your medicines the right way, your medicines are working the right way, and that your medicines are not giving you unwanted side effects.

How can I be sure that I am taking my medicine safely?

What questions should I ask my doctor about my medicine?