Knowing Your Meds Can Save Your Life
May 28, 2014 – Seventy percent of all Americans take one medication
per day, and more than half take at least two. While medicines help us
get well, improperly used, they can also make us sick. Experts report
that the likelihood of medication errors occurring decreases substantially
when patients are well-informed about their medications.
Southeast Georgia Health System is offering the community an opportunity
to meet with pharmacists for a one-on-one discussion of their medication
regimen during the Community Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, June
6, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Brunswick High School, 3885 Altama Avenue.
To participate, put all of your medications, both prescription and over-the-counter,
in a brown bag and bring them with you to the health fair. A pharmacist
will privately discuss any concerns or questions you may have about your
medications and vitamins, as well as herbal and food supplements, and
how these medications and supplements might interact or limit effectiveness.
To better prepare for the discussion, think about the questions you might
wish to ask during the medication review:
(1) How will this medication help me?
(2) What side effects might occur?
(3) What are the long-term affects if I use the medication for an extended
period of time?
(4) How do all of my medications interact together, and is my regimen safe?
(5) Should I avoid any foods or beverages while taking the medicine?
(6) What is the best time of the day to take each medication?
(7) Should I take the medicine on an empty stomach, in the morning or
evening, and how often?
(8) How long should it take for the medication to start working, and what
should I expect when this happens?
“Our goal is to ensure individuals understand their medications
and are taking medications correctly and safely,” says Laura Limburg,
PharmD, pharmacy clinical coordinator, Southeast Georgia Health System.