Medicines Everything you need to make safe and informed decisions
What are medicines?
Generic or Brand <ul><li>Generic is a copy which is IDENTICAL to brand name in dosage, safety, strength, how it is taken, ...
At your doctor’s office <ul><li>Tell about your current medications </li></ul><ul><li>Remind them about allergies & other ...
At your pharmacist’s office <ul><li>Try to use the same pharmacist </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you can read the label (mig...
When you get home <ul><li>Read & save all information with medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Take medicine in exact way specified...
How long do medicines keep? <ul><li>FDA study:  90% of 100 medicines studied effective years after expiration date.  HOWEV...
OTC: Dietary supplements <ul><li>Older adults should make sure they have enough: </li></ul><ul><li>Vitamin B12 </li></ul><...
Antioxidants <ul><li>Natural substances found in foods which can protect against some diseases </li></ul><ul><li>Beta-caro...
Herbal supplements <ul><li>Dietary supplements from plants </li></ul><ul><li>Gingko biloba </li></ul><ul><li>Ginseng </li>...
Research & vitamins/supplements <ul><li>Right now, research results suggest that large doses of supplements with antioxida...
Before using supplements <ul><li>Learn about supplement </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that natural does not necessarily mean ...
Avoid Scams <ul><li>Usually target diseases and conditions which have no cure, including: </li></ul><ul><li>Anti aging med...
Protect yourself from scams <ul><li>Avoid products which: </li></ul><ul><li>Promise quick fix or cure </li></ul><ul><li>Cl...
Buying drugs online <ul><li>It is legal to buy drugs online.  Here are tips from FDA: </li></ul><ul><li>Site is licensed? ...
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  1. 1. Medicines Everything you need to make safe and informed decisions
  2. 2. What are medicines?
  3. 3. Generic or Brand <ul><li>Generic is a copy which is IDENTICAL to brand name in dosage, safety, strength, how it is taken, quality, performance & intended use. (FDA) </li></ul><ul><li>“ FDA-approved generic drugs are bioequivalent and therapeutically equivalent to their brand name counterparts,” says Gary Buehler, director of FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs. “People can use them with total confidence.” </li></ul>
  4. 4. At your doctor’s office <ul><li>Tell about your current medications </li></ul><ul><li>Remind them about allergies & other problems with medications </li></ul><ul><li>Find out right way to take medicine </li></ul>
  5. 5. At your pharmacist’s office <ul><li>Try to use the same pharmacist </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you can read the label (might have to use larger type) </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you can open it </li></ul><ul><li>Tell pharmacist if you have trouble swallowing </li></ul><ul><li>Special instructions on storing </li></ul><ul><li>Read label before leaving pharmacist </li></ul>
  6. 6. When you get home <ul><li>Read & save all information with medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Take medicine in exact way specified </li></ul><ul><li>Call doctor right away if you have problems </li></ul><ul><li>Take the medicine at the same time…Use a memory aid to make sure of it </li></ul><ul><li>Do not skip medicines </li></ul><ul><li>Do not mix alcohol & medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Take until finished </li></ul><ul><li>Do not take another person’s medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t take medicine in the dark </li></ul><ul><li>Keep out of reach of children & pets </li></ul><ul><li>Check expiration dates (see next slide) </li></ul>
  7. 7. How long do medicines keep? <ul><li>FDA study: 90% of 100 medicines studied effective years after expiration date. HOWEVER, these stored in correct way </li></ul><ul><li>Store in closet or cabinet in cool, dry room </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t mix medicines in one container </li></ul><ul><li>Discard if: discolored, powdery, strong smelling, hardened, cracked, filmy </li></ul><ul><li>SOME MEDS DO DEGRADE, so ask doctor if not sure </li></ul><ul><li>If meds are for serious health problem, don’t use past expiration date </li></ul>
  8. 8. OTC: Dietary supplements <ul><li>Older adults should make sure they have enough: </li></ul><ul><li>Vitamin B12 </li></ul><ul><li>Calcium </li></ul><ul><li>Vitamin D </li></ul><ul><li>Vitamin B6 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Antioxidants <ul><li>Natural substances found in foods which can protect against some diseases </li></ul><ul><li>Beta-carotene </li></ul><ul><li>Selenium </li></ul><ul><li>Vitamin C </li></ul><ul><li>Vitamin E </li></ul>
  10. 10. Herbal supplements <ul><li>Dietary supplements from plants </li></ul><ul><li>Gingko biloba </li></ul><ul><li>Ginseng </li></ul><ul><li>Echinacea </li></ul><ul><li>Black cohash </li></ul><ul><li>Too soon to tell if safe & useful. Studies have not shown much success </li></ul>
  11. 11. Research & vitamins/supplements <ul><li>Right now, research results suggest that large doses of supplements with antioxidants will not prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease or diabetes. In fact, some studies have shown that taking large doses of some antioxidants could be harmful. Again, it is best to check with your doctor before taking a dietary supplement. (FDA website) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Before using supplements <ul><li>Learn about supplement </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that natural does not necessarily mean safe or good </li></ul><ul><li>Tell doctor about supplement use </li></ul><ul><li>Buy wisely, brands you trust, take sensibly </li></ul><ul><li>Check science </li></ul>
  13. 13. Avoid Scams <ul><li>Usually target diseases and conditions which have no cure, including: </li></ul><ul><li>Anti aging medicines </li></ul><ul><li>Arthritis remedies </li></ul><ul><li>Cancer cures </li></ul><ul><li>Memory aids </li></ul><ul><li>Dietary supplements </li></ul><ul><li>Health insurance </li></ul>
  14. 14. Protect yourself from scams <ul><li>Avoid products which: </li></ul><ul><li>Promise quick fix or cure </li></ul><ul><li>Claim product made from secret or ancient formula </li></ul><ul><li>Claim to help a wide range of ailments </li></ul><ul><li>Claim to cure a disease which medical science has not yet cured </li></ul><ul><li>Offer free gift or promotion </li></ul><ul><li>Require advance payment because of “limited supply” </li></ul>
  15. 15. Buying drugs online <ul><li>It is legal to buy drugs online. Here are tips from FDA: </li></ul><ul><li>Site is licensed? </li></ul><ul><li>Site should not prescribe drug without physical exam or sell drugs without a prescription </li></ul><ul><li>Use a site which provides access to a licensed pharmacist </li></ul><ul><li>Use sites with US address & phone number </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use sites which include undocumented case histories </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to your doctor before using a medication for the first time </li></ul>

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