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What is an active ingredient?
An active ingredient is what causes the effect of the medication and is the reason you take it. Medications may have a range of ingredients, but they always have one or more active ingredients. The strength of the medication is how much of the active …
What is a side effect?
A medication is generally prescribed to have a specific effect in the body. Side effects are unwanted or unintended effects that also occur. Side effects can range from something that is so minor it is hardly noticeable, to something life-threatening. All medications …
What is a medication interaction?
A medication interaction occurs when the effect of a medication is changed in your body because of its reaction with another medication, food, alcohol, complementary medicine or herb, or illicit drug. A medication interaction can mean that your medication …
Is it safe to take out-of-date medications?
It is not safe to take out-of-date medications as they can deteriorate over time. The best thing to do with out-of-date medications is to take them to a pharmacy for disposal.
Is it safe to take other people's medications?
It is not safe to take other people's medications. They can make you seriously ill.
Is it safe to stop taking medications without telling my doctor?
Stopping your medications without telling your doctor can be dangerous and lead to serious illness. If you wish to stop taking a medication, discuss it with your doctor. They may be able to recommend alternative medications …
How can I dispose of medications I do not need any more?
You can safely dispose of medications by taking them back to a pharmacist.
Who can I ask about medications?
Your healthcare professionals, such as doctor and pharmacist, can discuss your medications with you.
About this article
Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 17 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Safe handling of medications