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Taking Medications Properly

By Rose Hoban

The FDA this week released this graphic with some good basic information about medications aimed at women.

In many families, women are the ones who obtain get their loved ones to the doctor, obtain medications for them and make sure those medications get taken routinely.

Some might say some of the startling numbers on the graphic – 10.8 percent of adults taking antidepressants, and more than 104 million prescriptions for antibiotics written annually – reflect the overmedicalization of U.S. society. That might be true, but it’s also true people need to use medications with care.

Some of the best pieces of advice on the poster is to not share medications and to keep a written record of every medication taken by you or your family, it’s better than trying to remember the names and doses of all those pills if there’s an emergency.

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Graphic on medication information aimed at women.

Graphic courtesy US Food and Drug Administration

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