Precautions To Consider When Taking Your Drugs
Although the drugs you are taking are intended to help you, they can be harmful to those around you. In an effort to prevent accidental exposure, certain precautions are recommended and should be respected for the duration of your therapy. Accidental absorption can occur simply by touching the drug or touching an object that has come into contact with the drug.
Below is a list of precautions you should take to protect those around you:With regards to your medication:
- Keep out of reach of children and animals.
- Store your drugs in the container that was given to you by the pharmacist or nurse and make sure it is clearly labeled with your name. If you are using a lotion, cream or ointment, place the container in a clear, waterproof bag (ex: Ziploc).
- Store your drugs away from any food.
- If you are taking tablets, do not crush or cut.
- If you are taking capsules, do not break open or crush.
- Return any unused medication and related waste to the pharmacy for destruction.
- Anyone who handles your drugs should wear GLOVES. This same recommendation applies to anyone who must handle objects that have come into contact with your drugs, your blood, your urine, your vomitus or your stool. If the drug you are using is a lotion/cream/ointment, 2 pairs of GLOVES are required.
- In spite of wearing gloves, it is important to thoroughly wash hands before and after handling these drugs.
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid handling your medication or contaminated materials/objects.
These precautions may be amended by your physician or pharmacist based on your specific case. If you have questions, contact the clinic where you are receiving treatment.
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