TAKE YOUR MEDS AS PRESCRIBED
City health practitioners have noticed a trend that their prescribed medication doesn't work for certain patients because they are not taking it as prescribed.
Ekurhuleni Chief Pharmacist Mpho Mashego emphasised the importance of following health care professionals' instructions when taking medication, and not to use it for any symptom of illness other than the one for which it was prescribed.
Mashego says not everyone enjoys the luxury of consulting a private doctor, so it is imperative that patients health care professionals or pharmacists to write down medication instructions to make it easier to understand their medication treatment.
Medication is drugs, and can be detrimental to your health if taken irregularly, but when taken correctly - and understanding the right way to administer - can reduce the risks.
Mashego encourages patients to pay close attention to the key words that give an indication of how a particular medication is administered, for example whether it is taken orally or through a nasal intake. The table below explains some of the key words:
||Held inside the cheek
|Inhalable||Breathed in through a tube or mask|
|Nasal||Given into the nose by spray or pump|
|Ophthalmic||Given into the eye by drops, gel, or ointment|
|Oral||Swallowed by mouth as a tablet, capsule, lozenge, or liquid|
|Otic||Given by drops into the ear|
|Rectal||Inserted into the rectum|
The way medicines are taken depends on the part of the body being treated and the way the drug works within the body.
Caption: Ekurhuleni Chief Pharmacist Mpho Mashego checking for any discrepancies on the receiving stock before the medicine is packed to be sorted for patients at the Germiston Clinic.