The National Safety Council’s data shows that non-narcotic and non-hallucinogenic drugs killed over 9,000 Americans in 2003 (most recent data).
The importance of the DOSE and the FREQUENCY of medication cannot be understated.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, research shows that as many as half of children on medication take it improperly. The following tips can help adults take (and give) medication correctly.
- Follow the schedule. Give medication at the intervals specified in the instructions. Don’t skip a dose.
- Follow the dosage guidelines. If the medication is a syrup, use a milliliter dropper or cup.
- Giving a larger dose will not speed up recovery and can actually make you sicker.
- For children: know your child’s weight. The recommended dose is determined by weight rather than age.
- For adults: let your doctor know if you have liver or kidney problems, it may affect your ability to break down a medication.
- Give the full course. Do not stop the medication even if your child feels better or protests.
- Use child-resistant caps in a locked, childproof cabinet not in the bathroom(humidity affects medication)
- Be sure your doctor knows all your medications and any known allergies.
- Inform the physician of any reaction to the medication or if you (or your child) is not better.
A spoon should be used for soup, not medication.