Most people with chronic pain use one or more medications on a daily basis. Whether it’s in the form of prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, or herbal supplements, medicine is often an essential part of our lives. While the purpose of using medication is to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life, when used improperly (whether intentionally or accidentally), medication can be dangerous –– even deadly. Therefore, it’s important to make sure we are using our medications safely and wisely.
Each year in October, the National Council on Patient Information and Education sponsors Talk About Prescriptions Month. This year their theme is “Talk About Prescriptions –– It’s a MUST!” Although this year’s theme is targeted primarily for senior citizens, the information and advice they provide is good for all of us.
In support of Talk About Prescriptions Month, we have three articles to help you manage your medications safely:
- Give Your Medicine Cabinet a Check-up
- Your Doctor, Your Pharmacist, and You: 10 Questions to ask when your doctor gives you a new prescription.
- Migraines and Medications – Talk About Prescriptions Month 2007 – In addition to giving good basic medication tips, this article by MyMigraineConnection expert Teri Robert also provides you with a downloadable Medications Management Workbook that is an excellent tool for recording your medical information and sharing it with your doctor.
Published On: October 15, 2007