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Managing Your Medicine

Try Healthy Fixes First 

There is no such thing as a "magic pill" to cure all your medical problems. Not all medicines work the same way for everyone. And although they may help solve one problem, they may cause another. Talk to your doctor first about what you can do to solve your medical problem without medicine. Eating a healthier diet or exercise could help you avoid medicine. For instance, avoid salt and stress if you have high blood pressure. If you have high cholesterol, eat less fatty meats and butter. Walking, running, swimming, or biking can also do wonders for your health.  

Get to Know Your Meds 

Medicine can cause side effects if you don't take it correctly. Taking too much medicine can cause an overdose. Not taking it at the right time or with the right foods can cause it to not work. Medicine can also cause bad side effects if taken with other drugs or supplements (like vitamins). Follow the directions on the label. If you have questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. 

Over-the-Counter Medicines 

Head hurts? Can't stop coughing? Running nose? You don't always need to see a doctor for every ache or pain. You can buy over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin, cough medicine, and ear drops at the store without a doctor's prescription. Ask your doctor or a pharmacist if you have any questions about the best medicine for you.

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