A successful parent makes many decisions. What should you teach your children? What can you let others show them? From ‘sharing is caring’ to teaching them financial responsibility, there’s a lot to touch on. One such thing you should always do is teach your children about the medication safety, especially as they get older.
Tips for Medications
Antibiotics doses should always be completed. Even if you start to feel better after a few days, you need to take the whole dose until all of the medication is gone. The bacteria may not be completely destroyed even though the symptoms are lessening.
When traveling or at home, keep the pills in the original bottle with the right label. It is easy to confuse the color and size of pills due to the similar appearances of other pills. Keep your kids’ medication in the medicine cabinet, even if they are teens, so you can monitor if it is being taken properly as instructed by the doctor.
Also, your children need to know that not all medications can be safely taken together. Some medicines cause harmful interactions if they are mixed inappropriately.
Alcohol Doesn’t Mix With Anything
It is as simple as that. If you are drinking alcohol, you should not be taking prescription medicines. The dangers of mixing alcohol and prescription drugs are severe. Alcohol may enhance your mood, but it also increases (in many dangerous ways) the effects of your medications. This enhancing is similar to taking extra doses of your prescription which can be deadly!
Some other dangers of mixing alcohol and prescription drugs are slurring words, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, inability to walk safely, unable to concentrate, and possibly making you slip into a coma.
When in Doubt, Ask
As you look at your prescription bottle, it may have instructions like “Do not drink dairy with this medication” or “Take the medicine 30 minutes before eating” or “Do not operate heavy machinery.” All of these instructions are here to help you to be safe and allow the medicine to work at its optimal levels.
Certain juices, dairy products, and even food can interfere with the medication, so if it does not make sense, just ask for clarification. If it is late at night, call a 24-hour pharmacist as most cities have these.
As your teens begin their ascent into adulthood, take the time today to talk to them about safe habits for medicines. Good organization, never mixing alcohol and prescription medications, taking them as prescribed, and finishing all of their antibiotics will help your kids be healthy and safe.
For more articles about what your teens need to know and how to help them through issues they face growing up, check out this part of our blog!