1. ASSUME THE MEDICATIONS ONLY ON INDICATION OF THE DOCTOR
I use the drugs only if prescribed by the doctor and not because recommended by a relative or a friend or because I have heard on television or on the internet.
When I take drugs that can be bought without a prescription, I still ask the doctor or pharmacist for advice.
2. I WANT TO BE INFORMED AND AWARE OF THE CARE I AM DOING
I do not hesitate to ask the doctor or pharmacist for any information about the drugs I need to take, including side effects and any interactions with other medicines, herbal products and herbal remedies, drinks or food.
If I have not understood correctly, I ask to repeat with simpler words.
3. I SPEAK OPENLY WITH THE DOCTOR
When I go to the doctor I always bring the list of drugs I am taking (possibly with the leaflets), even those prescribed by other doctors.
I report that I am making use of homeopathic products, herbal products, herbal remedies, supplements or other preparations purchased in specialized stores; I inform him if I am breastfeeding, pregnant or if I plan to be pregnant.
4. I INFORM THE DOCTOR IF I AM ALLERGIC TO DRUGS
During hospitalization I always have to report to doctors and nurses if I am allergic to drugs or other products and / or materials and if I have manifested food / drink intolerance.
5. REFER TO THE DOCTOR THE DISORDERS APPEARING DURING THE CARE
If during the treatment appear disturbances of which the doctor had not warned me, I warn you immediately: the doctor will tell me how to behave.
6. RESPECT THE INDICATIONS PROVIDED BY THE DOCTOR "FARMACO GIUSTO, AL PATIENTE GIUSTO, IN THE RIGHT DOSE, IN THE RIGHT MOMENT"
I always check that the drug to be taken is the one prescribed and that the quantity is that indicated by the doctor.
If I'm wrong medicine or quantity, before taking initiatives, consult the doctor.
If I forget to take a drug I do not take two drugs to fill the missed dose.
Increase or decrease the dose only when the doctor tells me.
7. PRESTO CAUTION IF I HAVE TO TAKE MORE MEDICATIONS
If I have been prescribed more drugs for various diseases, I refer to the doctor or pharmacist the difficulty in remembering all the names and hours of intake and I ask to write on the packaging of each drug what it is for and the time it should be taken or to make a reminder of the medicines I have to take with all the directions I need.
8. I DO NOT SUBSTITUTE THE DRUGS OR CHANGE THE PRESCRIBED CARE OF MY INITIATIVE
When I am hospitalized, I report to the doctors and nurse what medicines I am taking and, to avoid interactions, I do not take the drugs I may have brought from home: it is the doctor who decides whether to confirm, replace or supplement home care.
9. I KEEP THE DRUGS SAFE
At home, I store the drugs in a dry place, protected from light or, if indicated, in the refrigerator and out of reach of children.
I separate the drugs that have the packaging or the name similar and that can mislead me, and separate those for children from those for adults. Do not leave the blisters (wrappers) or bottles open for everyone: it is good practice to keep the drugs in their original packaging with the package insert.
For eye drops, syrups and solutions in multidose bottles, it is useful to note on the package the date of the first opening and the date of last use. Before taking a drug, check the expiration date and the correct storage, observing any changes in color and / or odor.
I do not leave drugs in cars, especially in the summer or if it is exposed to the sun. During the summer, if you are traveling, even for short journeys, transport the medicines that require a certain storage temperature in a thermal envelope and / or with synthetic ice; if I travel by air I always take drugs with me.