Have you ever lent a friend your pain killers or allergy medicines? At first glance, it seems like a kind favor, but in reality, sharing medication could potentially threaten a person’s health, according to the writers at MedicineNet. Prescription drugs are prescribed under a doctor’s supervision, and that supervision can be crucial to taking medicine safely. People who get their medicine from a friend or relative may run into problems with dosage or intake frequency because they haven’t consulted their doctor for the correct information. Plus, not all drugs are safe for every person; depending on your personal health history and conditions, certain medications could be very dangerous. This is alarming, considering a study in the American Journal of Public Health found that 27 percent of people have borrowed drugs from someone, and 23 percent of people admit to offering their own medications to others.
Another area of concern with these findings is that it indicates people aren’t finishing their own prescriptions. Especially with antibiotics, doctors recommend that people continue taking their prescribed medication until it is finished, even if they report feeling better before they get to the end of their pills. If you do have extra medication on hand, it’s best to return it to the pharmacy or dispose of them in a non-hazardous manner. In case questions about sharing or taking prescription drugs arise, make sure you talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the best route to take in your particular situation. This is also a great opportunity to discuss any questions you may have about your True Care prescription plan and how it relates to your current and future medications.