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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Safe Medication Use

Women play a vital role in making decisions about the medicines they use for themselves and their families. The FDA Office of Women’s Health (OWH) established the “Use Medicines Wisely” initiative to educate women about safe medication use. In 1999, OWH conducted a multi-city campaign in partnership with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and 80 non-profit and corporate supporters. The initiative has since expanded to include outreach activities nationwide. Here’s how you can participate.

Use Medicines Wisely. Follow these easy steps to Protect Yourself and Your Family: Read the Label – Read the information on the drug label or insert. Keep a Record – Make of list of the medicines you take including prescriptions, aspirin, vitamins, herbs, and other supplements. Ask Questions – Talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacists about your medicines. Follow the Directions – Use your medicines as your doctor tells you. Do not share your medicines with others. Report Problems – Tell your health provider about any side effects or other problems you may have