Health Tip: Don't Take the Wrong Medication10/23/12
(HealthDay News) -- Common medications can be dangerous if taken
incorrectly, or accidentally by children.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these
suggestions to help prevent accidental ingestion:
- Never take a prescription medication that was not prescribed
for you, and never take more medication than your doctor
- Make sure all medicines -- prescription and over-the-counter --
are stored safely out of a child's reach.
- Always read warning labels on medications and follow all
- If you're taking medication at night, turn on a light. This
will help prevent you from taking the wrong medication or the wrong
- Store all medications in their original containers, and
properly dispose of medications when you no longer need them.
- Carefully monitor use of medications among children and
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