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Caring for Someone Sick at Home

Medicine Safety

December 5, 2009, 6:00 AM ET

Take The Right Amount Of Medicine

Read labels to make sure you are taking the dose listed on the label. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions. Watch that you don’t go over the daily limit (maximum dose) for certain medicines. woman reading medicine labelNever give aspirin to children age 18 or under if they have the flu.

Don’t Drink Alcohol And Take Medicine

Some medicine labels say, “Do not mix with alcohol” or “Avoid using with alcohol.” Many prescription and over-the-counter medicines can be dangerous or deadly when mixed with beer, wine, or liquor of any kind.

Talk To Your Doctor If You Are Pregnant

If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, make sure you talk to your doctor before taking any medicines.

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