1- Before taking any medication, consult with your physician in any of the following cases:
1.1. A history of allergy or unusual symptoms after taking medications and foods
1.2. A low-salt or no-sugar diet or any other diet
1.3. Pregnancy: some medications may cause disorder in the fetus and embryo.
2- All the medications must be used based on the prescription and in certain time schedules for a complete treatment course.
3- Oral medications are supplied in different forms like tablets, capsules and syrups thus, if you have difficulty in taking one of these forms, you can consult with your physician for taking another form of the medication, if possible.
4- If you use over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, act based on the drug information leaflet unless otherwise the doctor prescribes something else.
5- Some people stop their medications upon seeing the primary signs of recovery without coordination with the doctor. Some other may also stop their medications by seeing the primary side effects. Both groups are wrong because only the doctor can recognize whether the treatment is enough or not.
6- Stopping some medications need arrangements. If these types of medicines are immediately and suddenly stopped, they may cause undesirable effects on the patient. Sometimes, arbitrary leaving of medication makes many years of treatment ineffective and makes the efforts of the doctor and the patient useless. If you think the prescribed medication is ineffective, contact your physician but do not stop your medication by yourself because some medications may take some weeks to show their good effects.
7- Disappearance of the disease symptoms is not enough to ensure the complete treatment, for example some medications must be used for two weeks so that the infection completely disappears.
8- Dot not takes medications in the darkness in order to prevent mistakes. Read the label before taking the medication and pay attention to the expiry date.
9- Do not mix any medicines except for the medicines mixed up by the pharmacist, which is so called "compound medications".
10- The medication is prescribed only for your disease and your clinical status and may be dangerous for another person.
11- Do not chew, break or crush the tablets (unless on the advice of your doctor).
12- Many medications should not be taken with other medications or drinks other than water. In this case, consult with your doctor.
13- Before performing any type of surgery even dental procedures or emergency treatments, inform your doctor about the medications you take.