Myth: Children can take adult medications in smaller doses.
Truth: When it comes to medications, children are not small adults. Children
may react differently than adults to the same medication. For example, antihistamines cause drowsiness in adults but may cause hyperactivity in children.
The proper dosage for children may be lower than for adults; however, in
some cases, children require larger doses than adults (such as with medications used to treat seizures). Always ask your child’s doctor or pharmacist if
you have questions about the correct dose of a medication.
Myth: The bathroom medicine cabinet is a good place to store medications.
Truth: Medications should never be stored in the bathroom because of the
negative effects of excessive heat and humidity. Additionally, the bathroom is
an easy place for children to explore, and medications should always be kept
out of children’s reach. Medicines should ideally be stored in a secure, dark
location at 65 to 80 degrees, with little humidity.
Myth: Medication can be taken safely with any liquid.
Truth: Instructions on medications should be read carefully. Some liquids may
enhance or diminish the effect of a medication. For example, grapefruit juice
helps in the absorption of certain AIDS medications; however, it completely
neutralizes some medications for high blood pressure. Always check with your
pharmacist to determine which liquids are safe to take with your medicines.
Myth: Receiving a flu shot can give you the flu.
Truth: Although some people may feel ill after receiving a flu shot, it is impossible for a flu vaccination to cause the flu. Also, it’s important to remember
that the vaccination you receive only protects you from particular virus
strains. You may still get sick if you are exposed to a different strain. Flu
vaccinations are an invaluable tool to protect you from a dangerous illness.
Myth: My spouse’s prescription can help me if I have the same ailment.
Truth: Taking a medication that is not prescribed for you is never recommended.
This is because physicians prescribe medications based on an individual’s needs
and circumstances, taking into consideration factors such as age, weight, existing medical conditions and other prescriptions.
Myth: My doctor knows which medications I’m taking.
Truth: In some cases, a doctor may not have your complete medical history.
Take an active role in your own care by telling your physician about your
medical history. When seeing your physician, bring along all of the medications you are currently taking, especially if more than one doctor has
prescribed medications for you. Include nonprescription drugs. You should
also feel free to ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you have
related to prescription and nonprescription medications. A
Source: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists ( www.ashp.org)