Medications can be lifesavers, but they need to be used properly. All medications carry some risk, especially if they're used incorrectly.
To get the most out of your medications and to keep yourself safe, you need to know why a medication is being prescribed for you, how you're supposed to take it and what the side effects might be.
Potential risks of self-medication practices include:
- Incorrect self-diagnosis
- Delays in seeking medical advice when needed
- Infrequent but severe adverse reactions
- Dangerous drug interactions
- Incorrect manner of administration
- Incorrect dosage
- Incorrect choice of therapy
- Finally, be smart when using over-the-counter medications, such as pain relievers, cough, and cold medicines.
Read the label and follow directions with over-the-counter medications just as you would with prescription ones.
Always check the label on your towels for particular care instructions before proceeding with washing and drying.