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  • Understand why you are taking your medication, how to take it, how to store it and what to do if you have unexpected or serious side effects by discussing this with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • The most common reason for unexpected side effects is not taking medication correctly. Make sure you take your medication exactly the way your doctor or pharmacist advises you to and for as long as they tell you to.
  • Tell your doctor about all the medication you are taking, including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins and herbal supplements, as they may cause side effects or more serious problems.
  • Throw out any out-of-date medication you have at home and never take someone else’s prescription medication or share your own with someone else
  • Any pharmacist can dispose of any unwanted medicines safely.

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Reviewed on: 20-10-2015