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Keeping up with your prescription medicines can be a challenge. Follow these tips to make sure you stay on top of your prescription medicine regimen:

• Keep a list of all your prescription medicines and their daily dosage.

• Give a copy of the list to each doctor you visit.

• Give added copies of the list to your family members.

• Don't take more or less of the medicines than your doctor prescribes.

• Don't skip a dose or take less frequently the medicines as prescribed.

• Don't stop taking the medicines too soon or when you begin to feel better.

• Take all your prescription medicines in daylight if possible to avoid mix-ups.

• Be careful to store your medications in a temperature-controlled environment that is not too humid (a bathroom cabinet is actually not the best place to store medicines, as bathrooms can become hot and steamy); ask your pharmacist if any of your prescriptions can or should be stored in the refrigerator.

• Wear your reading glasses when reading a prescription medicine container label. Also, ask the pharmacist for a large-type prescription medicine information sheet when filling your prescription.

• Hide all your prescription medicines out of sight and in a safe place when the grandchildren come to visit or when any strangers will be in your home -- to perform repairs or for a social event. (It's amazing how often prescription medicines are stolen).

• Schedule a yearly comprehensive medicine check-up with your doctor or healthcare professional to discuss: whether to continue each over-the-counter medicine, vitamin, herbal remedy, and prescription medicine; possible duplicate medicines; potential harmful interactions; and any changes in dosages.
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