Many people believe over-the-counter medicines are safer than prescription medicines because a doctor does not have to write a prescription for them. However, that is not the case. All medications – prescription, over-the-counter, herbals, and vitamins – can be dangerous if not taken correctly. Taking too much of any medication will not make you feel better faster.
The West Virginia Poison Center offers these over-the-counter medicine safety tips:
• Keep all medication up, away, and out of sight of children and pets.
• Keep all medication in their original containers.
• Always read the label before taking or giving medication. This ensures the right medicine is being given, and double checks the dose.
• Take only one medicine at a time with the same active ingredient.
• For liquid medicine, always use a proper dosing device – never a kitchen spoon.
• Remember, child-resistant packaging does not mean child-proof.
• Keep all medication stored away from food and drink items.
• Never call medicine candy.
• Properly dispose of medication if it is no longer needed.
• Have the West Virginia Poison Center number available. 1-800-222-1222
About the West Virginia Poison Center:
The West Virginia Poison Center provides comprehensive emergency poison information, prevention and educational resources to West Virginians 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The WVPC is staffed by nurses, pharmacists and physicians with special training in treatment of poisonings. Located in Charleston, WV, the WVPC is a part of the West Virginia University-Charleston Division. Toll-free: 1-800-222-1222. Website:www.wvpoisoncenter.org
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