Drug Safety: Know Your Risks

Find out how to avoid medicine errors

Lots of health professionals are looking out for your safety.
 
Doctors, nurses, government officials, health insurance companies -- all of them are trying to find ways to reduce errors with the medicines you take.

You can do your part, too. Know your risks and learn what you can do to avoid them.

Search any drug by name. Learn what the drug is used for, how to take it and what your doctor should know about you before prescribing the drug.

Check for drug interactions. Some drugs should never be mixed. Others should not be taken with certain vitamins. The result can be dangerous side effects. Or your treatment could be less effective, which could harm your health.

Avoid medication errors. Learn 10 steps to help prevent medicine errors.

Keep your baby safe. Are you pregnant? Breastfeeding? Almost everything you eat or drink can affect your baby. This includes medicines, vitamins and supplements. Learn how to keep your baby safe.

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