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Medicines

Medicines can be dangerous if used incorrectly or if the wrong amount is taken. Most Common Medication Poisoning Reported to the GPC

A common cause of medication poisoning occur from dosing errors (taking too much, taking within close time frame, taking wrong medicine or administering medicine the wrong way, e.g. ear drops being placed in the eyes). Another cause of medication poisoning occurs from drug interactions. Drug interactions occur when medication interacts with a certain food, herbal product, alcohol or another medication. Taking some over the counter (OTC) medications with prescription medications can cause serious problems; also, taking some medications with certain foods can lessen the effect of the medication. Adverse reaction is another form of medication poisoning which can occur if expired medications are used.

Tips to Prevent Medication Poisoning:

Safe Medicine Disposal:

It is important to get ride of any expired or unused medication in the correct way. This is especially true when children and pets are in the home. Here are some ways that poison centers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommend that you dispose of expired or unused medication.

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