Medicines can only work properly if used correctly. For the sake of your health, you should therefore follow some important rules for the proper handling of medicines - and have the most important resources in your home pharmacy in stock. Dealing with medication requires a great deal of care. By modifying the so-called "8-R Rule", which is used in the care of elderly and sick people, this rule can help in the proper handling of medicines.
1. Right person
Never take medicines that the doctor has prescribed for someone else, even if they helped you so much. It is best not to store remnants of medicines. This is especially true for antibiotics. If you experience any side effects or worsen the clinical picture, talk to your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
2nd right drug
Read the package leaflet carefully before you start taking the medicine, especially the points of application and contraindications (may I take the medicine at all?). If necessary, ask your doctor or pharmacy about interactions if you are taking other medicines. The effects may influence one another - either weaken or intensify.
3. Right dose
Follow exactly the dosage instructions. The dose should not be increased on its own (much does not always help a lot!) Or lowered. In addition, comply with the prescribed intake intervals. This applies to both medications used for long-term use as well as for acute treatment.
4. Proper administration type / body
Medicines should be taken according to the instructions of the physician or according to the instructions in the instruction leaflet or applied at the prescribed place.
5. Right time
The planned duration of treatment must be strictly adhered to - even if the symptoms have meanwhile subsided. So antibiotics must always be used up, so it does not come to so-called resistance. Antibiotikaresist means that the drug no longer acts against the pathogen at the next intake, since it is against the drug, so to speak, "immune".
If the symptoms persist despite medical treatment, consult your doctor. Only he can decide if perhaps another form of treatment is necessary or sensible.
6. Correct application period
Do not take the medicine after the expiry date. Eye drops may only be used 6 weeks after opening the vial. It is also important to check the age of the dressings and medication of your medicine chest regularly and replace expired with new. Rusty scissors or bandages that are dirty should be replaced. The same applies to dried ointments and liquids that flocculate.
7. Proper storage
Keep the leaflet with the medicine in its original packaging throughout the treatment period. Medicines that are missing the package leaflet and are no longer identifiable should be disposed of consistently. As a general rule: Always store medicines in a cool and dry place; they are in better hands in the bedroom than in the bathroom. The medicine chest should be lockable - and locked so children can not access the medication.
8. Proper disposal
Do not dispose of medications with household waste. It is best to hand over the expired or no longer needed drugs in the pharmacy.
The "Top Ten" of the medicine cabinet
- Cold medicine: cough syrup, nasal spray, throat painkillers, cold oil
- Painkillers, e.g. B. against acute head, tooth or joint pain
- Vitamin tablets, immune stimulants
- Gastrointestinal: against nausea, stomach upset, diarrhea, constipation
- Herbal sedatives for nervousness and sleep disorders
- Bandages (including scissors, disinfectants and spray plasters)
- Sport ointment
- Cooling gel against burns and itching in insect bites
- All remedies prescribed by your doctor for regular use, eg. B. cholesterol-lowering, hypotensive, etc.