The 8 points program for medicines in the medicine cabinet

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Medicines can only work properly if used correctly. For the sake of your health, you should therefore follow some important rules for the proper handling of medicines - and have the most important resources in your home pharmacy in stock. Dealing with medication requires a great deal of care. As a modification of the so-called "8-R Rule", which is used in the care of elderly and sick people, this rule can help in the proper handling of medicines.

1. Right person

Never take medicines that the doctor has prescribed for someone else, even if they helped you so much. It is best not to store remnants of medicines at all. This is especially true for antibiotics. If any side effects occur or the condition worsens, talk to your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

2nd right drug

Read the package leaflet carefully before you start taking the medicine, especially the points of application and contraindications (may I take the medicine at all?). If necessary, ask your doctor or pharmacy about interactions if you are taking other medicines. The effects may influence each other - either weaken or intensify.

3. Right dose

Follow exactly the dosage instructions. The dose should not be increased on its own (much does not always help a lot!) Or lowered. In addition, comply with the prescribed intake intervals. This applies to both medications used for long-term use and for acute treatment.

4. Proper administration type / body

Medicines should be taken according to the instructions of the physician or according to the instructions in the leaflet or applied at the specified place.

5. Right time

The intended duration of treatment must be strictly adhered to - even if the symptoms have meanwhile subsided. So antibiotics must always be used up, so it does not come to so-called resistance. Antibiotic resistance means that the drug no longer acts against the pathogen at the next ingestion, because it is so to speak "immune" to the drug.

If the symptoms persist despite medical treatment, consult your doctor. Only he can decide if perhaps another form of treatment is necessary or sensible.

6. Proper application time

Do not take any more medicines after the expiry date. Eye drops may only be used 6 weeks after opening the vial. It is also important to regularly check the age of the dressings and medication of your medicine chest and to replace what has been expired with something new. Rusty scissors or bandages that are dirty should be replaced. The same applies to dried ointments and liquids that flocculate.

7. Proper storage

Keep the package leaflet with the medicine in its original packaging throughout the treatment period. Medicinal products lacking the package leaflet that can no longer be identified should be disposed of consistently. Basically: Always store medicines in a cool and dry place; they are better off in the bedroom than in the bathroom. The medicine chest should be lockable - and locked so children can not access the medication.

8. Proper disposal

Do not dispose of medications with household waste. It is best to hand over the expired or no longer needed drugs in the pharmacy.

The "Top Ten" of the medicine cabinet

  1. Cold medicine: cough syrup, nasal spray, throat painkiller, cold oil
  2. thermometer
  3. Painkillers, e.g. B. against acute head, tooth or joint pain
  4. Vitamin tablets, immune stimulants
  5. Gastrointestinal: against nausea, stomach upset, diarrhea, constipation
  6. Herbal sedatives for nervousness and sleep disorders
  7. Bandages (including scissors, disinfectants and spray plasters)
  8. Sport ointment
  9. Cooling gel against burns and itching in insect bites
  10. Any remedy prescribed by your doctor for regular use, eg. B. cholesterol-lowering, hypotensive, etc.

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