Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Drug Side Effect Prevention

Prevention of drug side effects includes:

  • Do not crush or split tablets.
  • Make sure your doctor is aware of all medications you take.
    • Ask your doctor to review your medications once a year.
  • Take your medications as directed.
  • Discard outdated medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you have any drug allergies.
  • Ask your doctor about drug interactions:
    • Tell your doctor what other prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking.
  • Tell your doctor if you are:
  • Tell your doctor if you have:
  • Ask your doctor if any prescribed medication could interfere with driving or operating machinery.
  • Read drug labels before you take nonprescription medication:
    • The medication may not be safe to take with your prescription medication.
  • Store medication in the original container.
  • Keep medications away from heat, light and moisture.
  • Keep medications away from children.
  • Never take someone else's prescription medicine.

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Last Updated: Oct 5, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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