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When accidents happen with chemicals, medicine, or household items, call Poison Help. Get help right away from a local poison expert.

If someone is unconscious or has trouble breathing, call 911.

Taking Your Medicines Safely

  1. Anything can be poisonous. True or False?
  2. Poisonings only happen to children. True or False?
  3. Your medicines can be affected by herbals, dietary supplements, and some foods and fruit juices. True or False?
  4. What are any or all of the six questions you should ask when starting a new medicine?
    What is the name of this medicine?
    Why am I taking this medicine?
    What side effects could I have?
    How much and how often do I take this?
    What should I do if I miss a dose or double the dose of my medicine?
    While taking this medicine, should I avoid alcohol, certain foods, drinks, medicines, vitamins, or herbals?

  5. It is important to discuss over-the-counter medicines that you take with a pharmacist or doctor before you start taking a new prescription medicine. True or False?
  6. You can call your poison center at 1-800-222-1222 if you have an emergency with your medicines. True or False? 
  7. Herbals and other supplements can interact with medicines. True or False?
  8. What is one way to keep track of medicine? True or False?
    Keep a medicine list.
    Maintain a medicine journal.
    Write your medicines on a calendar.
    Carry a medicine wallet card.
    Use a pill box. (Remind participants that although pill reminder boxes are convenient, it is best not to take medicine out of their original containers.)

  9. What is a resource for asking questions about your medicine?
    A poison center, reached by calling Poison Help, 1-800-222-1222.