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  1. Please do not share your prescribed medicines with others because although your symptoms may be similar, you may have totally different problems.

  2. Most medications are metabolized through the liver- the organ most tasked during alcohol consumption. Extra strain on the liver is not in your best interest. Taking alcohol with most drugs may affect your ability to drive, operate machinery or perform potentially dangerous tasks. Please always clear with your pharmacist when in doubt.

  3. If you are diabetic, please check your blood sugar level regularly. Take your medications daily as directed by your physician and do not discontinue without checking with your physician or pharmacist.

  4. While certain medications are best taken with food, some others are better on an empty stomach or after a fatty meal. Some medications are never taken with fatty meals. Certain pain killers may be harmful to your stomach when taken without food even though they may be over the counter medications. Always check with your community pharmacist.

  5. Hypertensive patients need to stay on their medications everyday unless otherwise directed by their care giver. High blood pressure is a silent killer. Take control and live well. You may need to reduce body weight, salt intake and increase physical activity.
  6. Diarrhea is the number two killer of children and elderly in Africa. Fortunately it costs very little to treat. Please keep such patients hydrated with oral re-hydration salts because the real threat to life is dehydration.
  7. Malaria remains the number one threat to the lives of African children. Treated mosquito nets are essential. Ask our pharmacists for the current WHO protocol for the treatment of malaria.

  8. Many medications for cough and cold may impair your ability to drive or operate machinery. Consuming alcohol with them could increase your risk. Talk to your pharmacist and be safe.

  9. Because some drugs may be harmful to unborn fetus, pregnant women are advised to clear with the pharmacist before taking some over the counter medicines or drugs not prescribed for them by their doctors.

  10. Contrary to common beliefs, paracetamol does not cure hangovers. Consuming paracetamol after excessive intake of alcohol could compromise certain organs- particularly your liver. Only time can make you sober. It is best to just wait or sleep it off.

  11. Appropriate information and use of condoms remain the practical methods of reducing the spread of the HIV virus. Please remember that it takes only one unprotected sexual intercourse to get infected. Call our HIV confidential hot line posted in all capricas pharmacy outlets. Talk to our pharmacist in confidence if you have any fears or concerns. Our counseling program is free and confidential.
  1. Some drugs have the same size, colour, shape and even sometime similar inscriptions. Please don’t ask for your drugs based on these physical appearances as this is not only misleading but dangerous.

  2. Most childhood diseases can be prevented by early vaccinations. Please take your kids to the nearest health care centers or clinics for the appropriate vaccinations. Prevention they say is better than cure.

  3. Women did you know that the number one killer of women is breast cancer? Early detection is the only cure. Find out about self examination. Please talk to your doctor if you have a family history.  Even if you don’t or you are not sure, go to the nearest teaching hospital as soon as possible for immediate screening.

  4. Prostrate problems will affect most men over 40. Please ask your physicians about simply tests for early detection. The sooner you know. The sooner you act and the longer you live.

  5. Please inform your doctor of all medical conditions and allergies if you are pregnant, breast feeding or suspect you may be pregnant.

  6. Caution is advised when obtaining medicines for the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the side effects. Please let the pharmacist know the approximate age of the patient as it may be necessary to adjust the dosage.

  7. Some medications may result in side effects most of which will go away in course of your treatment. If they continue or are bothersome, please check with your pharmacist or doctor as it may be a potentially dangerous adverse drug reaction.

  8. People with diabetes or hypertension are advised to clear with their physicians before they take drugs not prescribed for them including over the counter medications like vitamins and cough and cold medicines.

  9. Certain medicines like anti-hypertensive drugs are required to be taken daily. Take it regularly to get the best of it and keep your condition under control. Do not wait for signs like headache or chest pain before taking your medicines. To help you remember, take your medicines about the same time each day. Please have your blood pressure checked regularly while you are on medications.

  10. Some drugs or medical conditions may interact with your prescribed medications. You may need extra monitoring or you may need your medication dosage adjusted. Always inform your pharmacist of all other medications you may be taking including over the counter drugs.

  11. Please do not let children get their medicines by themselves. Accidental overdose of medicines including vitamins could be fatal. Do keep all medicines away from the reach of children.

  12. If you miss a dose of your medication, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Please never take two doses at once as it could be dangerous and sometime fatal.

 

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
     
     
     
     
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
         
               
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