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​​​​​The medicines receivable from pharmacies, with or without prescription, are never harmless. There is always the probability that the medications may cause side effects, allergic reactions and interference with foods, drinks and other medications besides the positive and medical effects. It has happed to many people that after taking the medication from the pharmacy, they become confused due to forgetting or keeping at an inappropriate place or lack of enough information provided by the pharmacy and at the end, they will keep the medications at non-standard conditions or will use them inappropriately.

Any medication with expectable medical effects may cause side effects. Some of these side effects need special attention and some not. For you, the important thing is to know the side effects of your medicine and consult with your physician in this regard. It is useful for you to know both the generic name and the brand name of your medicine. Sometimes, the pharmacist does not renew your usual medication until he/she consults with your physician, thus, in order not to be without medicine for a while, it is better to take actions in this regard before termination of the medicine. It is necessary in case of the medications you must take every day like heart medicine and diabetes medicines. 

The conditions for keeping many medications are written on their packs or the information leaflets. Due to the passage of time, the effects of many medications gradually decrease or their efficiency will reduce. If medications are kept at high temperature conditions, their medical efficiency will reduce faster.

1-      Refrigerated medications must be kept at refrigerator but do not freeze them.

2-      Keep the medications at their special package so that they be away from direct light or temperature. Some places like cabinet or kitchen hood are not suitable for keeping medications.

3-      Do not keep capsules or tablets at wet places like bathroom or near the kitchen sink.

4-      Do not freeze the syrups.

5-      Discard outdated medications.

6-      Do not leave your medications too long in the car.

7-      Do not keep outdated medications at home.

8-      Keeping different medications in one box is wrong. Also, after taking a medication, keep it at a box and close the door. Never remove the medications labels.

9-      Check at least every three months the expiry date of the medications you keep at home.

10-  Keep the medications out of reach of children.  

Contact the Medicines and Poisons Information Center (No. 09646) in case of any question about correct way of taking medications, interference of medications with each other or with foods, medicine use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, medications side effects, compatibility and mixture of injection drugs and drug poisoning, poisons and chemicals, poisonous plants and gases and stings.  

1-      Before taking any medication, consult with your physician in any of the following cases:

1.1. A history of allergy or unusual symptoms after taking medications and foods

1.2. A low-salt or no-sugar diet or any other diet

1.3. Pregnancy: some medications may cause disorder in the fetus and embryo.

2-      All the medications must be used based on the prescription and in certain time schedules for a complete treatment course.

3-      Oral medications are supplied in different forms like tablets, capsules and syrups thus, if you have difficulty in taking one of these forms, you can consult with your physician for taking another form of the medication, if possible.

4-      If you use over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, act based on the drug information leaflet unless otherwise the doctor prescribes something else.

5-      Some people stop their medications upon seeing the primary signs of recovery without coordination with the doctor. Some other may also stop their medications by seeing the primary side effects. Both groups are wrong because only the doctor can recognize whether the treatment is enough or not.

6-      Stopping some medications need arrangements. If these types of medicines are immediately and suddenly stopped, they may cause undesirable effects on the patient. Sometimes, arbitrary leaving of medication makes many years of treatment ineffective and makes the efforts of the doctor and the patient useless. If you think the prescribed medication is ineffective, contact your physician but do not stop your medication by yourself because some medications may take some weeks to show their good effects.

7-      Disappearance of the disease symptoms is not enough to ensure the complete treatment, for example some medications must be used for two weeks so that the infection completely disappears.

8-      Dot not takes medications in the darkness in order to prevent mistakes. Read the label before taking the medication and pay attention to the expiry date.

9-      Do not mix any medicines except for the medicines mixed up by the pharmacist, which is so called "compound medications".

10-  The medication is prescribed only for your disease and your clinical status and may be dangerous for another person.

11-  Do not chew, break or crush the tablets (unless on the advice of your doctor).

12-  Many medications should not be taken with other medications or drinks other than water. In this case, consult with your doctor.

13-  Before performing any type of surgery even dental procedures or emergency treatments, inform your doctor about the medications you take. 

1-      It is better to keep your medication with yourself not inside your suitcase.

2-      Have enough dosage of medication for the total duration of the journey.

3-      Carry the medication at its original package as far as possible.  

4-      Do not use sedative and hypnotic drugs before or while driving.

5-      It is better to take a copy of your prescription with yourself. Consult with your doctor if you need more information about the medications. You can write down your questions and ask the doctor during the next visit.

6-      Passing medications through the airport gates with electromagnetic waves or X-ray does not have any special impact on them unless it is prohibited according to the medicine information leaflet to pass them through these places.   ​