Talk About Your Medication

Posted 10/24/2019 in Regional Medical Center

Regional Medical Center’s (RMC) Pharmacy Department is using the month of October to raise awareness on the importance of medication safety and communication. Medicine communication can improve medicine use and lead to better health outcomes.

Kim Wall-Saeugling, RMC Pharmacy ManagerThere are many ways to improve communication with your healthcare provider and pharmacist about your medications. Kim Wall-Saeugling, RMC Pharmacy Manager, recommends discussing your current medical conditions and what medications you are taking - both over-the-counter and prescription - with your provider before they write you a new prescription. Bring an updated medication list with you to your healthcare appointments, as well as a list of your allergies. This information is important to ensure there are no adverse reactions with your current medications. By talking to your provider about your medications, you can make sure the medicines you are taking fit your unique needs.

Start the discussion. Discuss the following questions with your provider and/or pharmacist:

  • What time of day should I take this medication?
  • Is there a generic version of this medication?
  • Are there any foods or drinks I should avoid while taking this medication?
  • When will the medication start working?
  • Are there any side effects I should be aware of?
  • Does this medication require refills? If so, how often do I need to do so?
  • How should I store this medication?
  • What happens if I miss a dose?

Proper disposal of medication is important to make sure others don’t accidentally take or misuse it. National Prescription Drug Take-Back events, regularly hosted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, are set up in communities nationwide for safe drug disposal. Manchester’s Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by the Manchester Police Department in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will take place on Saturday, October 26 from 10 AM to 1 PM at Brehme Drug in Manchester. Everyone is welcome to bring any unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs that need to be disposed of. This includes:

  • Pills
  • Patches
  • Liquids under 4oz (please bring in sandwich bag to prevent leakage)
  • Needles/Sharps (accepted by Brehme throughout the year)

In addition to take-back day programs, there are many permanent disposal kiosks located throughout the country that can be used to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs at any time during the year. Delaware County has a permanent medication drop-off box located outside their main entrance.

For more information on medication safety, talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist.