Do you take medicines – over the counter or prescription? Do you use herbal supplements or other products? Do you know how they may interact with each other? Not sure? Talk with your healthcare provider and/or ask your local pharmacist. Providers and medical records don’t always communicate well with each other so you could unknowingly be at risk. Sometimes medicines may not work as well if you take them while eating certain kinds of foods. And sometimes medicines that treat infections can make oral contraceptives less effective. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
This website – Iodine.com – gives you a chance to search for your medication and learn what to avoid or how it may interact with other medications.
Learn about how some medicines can affect your fertility at this Parents.org website.
Do you struggle with pain management–either for a short-term problem like having a root canal or broken arm–or for a long-term condition? Learn about opioids, and how they can be helpful but also very harmful.
Learn how to keep your family and community safe by properly disposing of unused medications.
Thinking of becoming pregnant or open to pregnancy? It is even more important to know what you’re taking – some medications could cause harm to a developing fetus; check with your health provider about what medications are unsafe if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. If they don’t know, press them to find out! Treating for Two: Medication Information about what medications could harm a baby. You can also call Mother-to-Baby or visit their website for counseling and support.
Healthcare is a universal right. Many people have difficulty accessing medications and healthcare because of the cost of insurance and of services as well as where services are offered.
- If you need discounts on prescriptions, check out Goodrx.com, no insurance necessary. A tip is that you will need to ask for Goodrx discounts to be applied and participating pharmacies must give you the discount.
- Interested in finding answers about how to make health insurance work with your budget? Visit healthcare.gov.
- Federally Qualified Health Centers are a good place to start if you don’t have coverage. Find your nearest Federally Qualified Health Center today.