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Prescription Medication Safety: The Caregiver's Role

By Jennifer Buckley

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There is a possibility of side effects with most prescribed medications. A side effect is a secondary and unusual adverse effect of the drug that may or may not be predicted. They are in addition to the sought after effect of the medication. It is necessary to be educated on the possible side effects of any prescribed drugs. Many pharmaceutical manufacturers have a web site or toll- free phone number to inform caregivers about the side effects of a particular drug.

After the drug has been administered, it is important of be aware of the care recipientís reaction. Monitoring the care recipient after administering the medication could prevent an overdose or fatal situation. If symptoms seem unusual or rare, contact an emergency number immediately.

Never administer prescription drugs in the dark and be sure to keep them in their original containers. This will avoid mix-ups with other medications. Constantly monitor expiration dates. 

The caregiver and recipient can play a large part in medication risk reduction by communicating openly with health care professionals, pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies. Prescription medications are meant to assist in the healing process, but are not without risk. 


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