Pharmacist and patient practicing safe medication use by reading medication label together


Whether you use medications or take care of someone who does, it is important to be aware of guidelines for safe use.

Asking questions is often the first step toward using medication safely. Oftentimes, we may not realize all of the indications, mechanisms, and side effects of the different drugs we take and how they interact with one another. It is essential to talk to your doctor to gain a clear understanding of the risks and benefits of what you are taking, why you are taking it, and how it affects your body.   

We recommend checking prescriptions, reading labels and patient information, and keeping the lines of communication open with your doctor or pharmacist when caring for yourself or somebody else. In addition, keep medication and supplements up and away from children in the home to prevent accidental ingestion and overdose.

Tips for Using Prescription Medication Safely

If you suspect that you or someone you know has overdosed, call 800/222-1222 (American Association of Poison Control Centers) or 911.

Tips for Using Over-The-Counter Medication Safely

Tips for Caregivers

Care giver supporting loved one by helping them safely use their prescriptions.

If you are caring for another person, there are some concrete steps you can take to ensure safe medication use. 

How Your Pharmacist Can Help

Pharmacist assisting patient with questions about their prescription.

Your pharmacist can assist in many aspects of health care. When you visit the pharmacy, you can ask them to help you: