Prescription and OTC drug safety and efficacy

Taking prescription or over the counter medication or a natural product, is not as harmless as one may think. An interaction between medications and products you take can occur and change their individual intended effects. In some cases, the side effects can be serious. For this reason, it is important to think about the drug safety and efficacy and that of other health products you consume. So make it a habit to inform your health care professional and pharmacist of all the products you use.

Drug safety and efficacy: dosage and side effects

When giving you a medication, the pharmacist tells you to follow the dosage and informs you of possible side effects. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask them.

Note that caution is necessary when consuming prescription or over the counter drugs. Do not share your medications and if they have expired, return them to the pharmacy so that they could safely dispose of them. Drug safety is everyone's business!

Drug safety in pregnancy

Are you planning a pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding? Did you know that prescription drugs and many other products can reach the bloodstream of the fetus and breastfed infant? In addition to their efficacy, drug safety and the safety of other health products you take should always be a concern during this crucial period of life.

The Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Pocket Guide of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine has answers to many of your questions and will reassure you. Download it to your computer and your phone, it will follow you everywhere! It has been a popular tool for many years in Canada in terms of efficacy and drug safety and other products commonly used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Have your medication list in hand

Ask your pharmacist for the list of your medications and bring it on your next medical consultation. Also inform your health care professional if you take drugs and over the counter health products.

You can thus facilitate the analysis of your medication profile and simplify communication between health professionals who follow you.

In short, paying attention not only to the efficiency but also the drug safety is essential for your health and the health of those around you.