Ch. 19 Lesson 2: Using Medicines Safely (Hannah Miller p.6)
Standards for Medicines
Medicines that are dispensed only with the written approval of a licensed physician or nurse-practitioner.
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medicines
Medicines you can buy without a doctor's prescription . The distribution of some OTC medicines is controlled. They can be used to make highly addictive, illegal drugs.
The FDA requires that all prescription and OTC medicine labels contain information telling consumers how to use the medicine safely and effectively.
Using a medicine in ways other than the intended use
Failing to follow instructions on the package, taking another person's medicine, taking too much or too little of a medicine, mixing medicines without the approval of health care provider, discontinuing use of a medicine without informing your doctor, and taking a medicine for a longer or shorter period of time than prescribed.
Intentionally taking medications for nonmedical reasons
lose weight or stay
awake while studying
to fit in with peers
illegal and unsafe to use a
drug not prescribed to you
A strong, sometimes fatal reaction to taking a large amount of a drug.