Adverse drug reactions are experienced more frequently with advancing age, yet they are preventable two out of three times. Marie-Christine Colinon – July 2005
The 6 tips of Notre Temps
1 – Inform your doctor and pharmacist of the medications you are taking, including those prescribed by another doctor, or purchased without a prescription, even if they seem harmless to you.
2 – Avoid difficult dosages, because some medications, in drops or too small to be cut precisely, are difficult to prepare.
3 – Read the instructions for use carefully and systematically before starting a treatment.
And, in case of doubt, do not hesitate to ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4 – Keep a list of the medicines that cause you to have bad reactions (allergies, drowsiness, etc.).
Remember to present this list to your doctor when he writes his prescription.
5 – Prepare your prescribed medication in advance and in a calm manner.
6 – Put them in a pillbox (in pharmacies, about 16 € per week).
– Signs that should alert
The choice or dosage of the treatment or an interaction between several products may cause dangerous side effects to your health.
This is why it is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist without delay.
Among the warning signs:
– Unusual fatigue,
– a feeling of uneasiness, drowsiness, confusion,
– digestive problems (vomiting, diarrhea, red or black stools),
– dizziness or a fall,
– a rash or itching, signs of possible allergy.
If there is significant swelling in any part of the body, especially the face, call emergency medical assistance, it may be angioedema.