Take Medication Safely
Medication safety means taking the right medication, at the right time, in the right way. You can help ensure that your prescription drugs are safe and will help you get better by working with your care team to take medicines correctly.
At the Pharmacy
- Use the same pharmacy for every prescription.
- Tell your pharmacist about any drug allergies you have and provide a list of all medications (prescription and over-the-counter), vitamins and natural remedies you take.
- Read the label on your prescription to make sure the instructions and dosage are the same as your doctor ordered.
- Ask for written information about each prescription.
- Keep medications in their original packages. Store them in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.
- Take medicines only as prescribed.
- Be aware of potential side effects or bad reactions, such as nausea, that may be caused by your medications. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you don’t feel well.
- Request refills a few days before you run out so you don’t miss a dose.
- Maintain an up-to-date list of your medications. Keep copies at home and in your wallet or on your SmartPhone. Consider giving a copy to a family member or close friend. Use our Health Record Card [PDF] to help you organize and record your information.
At the Doctor’s Office or Hospital
- Talk with your doctor about each medication he or she prescribes. Make sure you know:
- Why you’re taking it
- How to take it
- How much to take
- How long to take it
- What to do if you forget a dose
- What side effects to watch for and what to do if they occur
- Tell your providers about all the medications you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins and natural remedies, such as herbal products.
- When you’re in the hospital, tell your nurse if you think you’re not getting medication on time, or if you think you’re getting the wrong pill.
Learn about Mount Auburn Hospital’s inpatient pharmacy services.
Our Medication Safety Measures
Your Mount Auburn Hospital care team is dedicated to preventing medication errors. Learn about what we’re doing to promote medication safety every day.