SPOONFUL OF SUGAR - PPT

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Spoonful of Sugar is the second in a three-week series of [email protected] entitled Snake Oil or Cure?

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A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR Taking your medicine properly:

A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR Taking your medicine properly Michele Hoffman, MS Ed, RN

The 5 “rights” of Drug Administration:

The 5 “rights” of Drug Administration Right drug Right patient Right dose Right time Right route of administration

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ASK!!! Do I need to take any drug at all? Why is this the right drug for me? How should I take and store this medicine? What interacts with this medicine? What side effect are most likely to happen to me? Do I need to take this even after I feel better? What will happen when I stop taking the medicine?

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Splitting the difference Therapeutic Index = why you can’t: take twice the dose half the time, split the pill or double-up on a dose

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Some pills that are commonly split include: Statins : Crestor , Lipitor, Pravachol Antidepressants : Celexa , Paxil, Zoloft A CE-Inhibitors : Monopril , Prinivil , Univasc , Zestril Angiotensin receptor blockers : Avapro , Cozaar

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Taking the medication properly Can it be crushed and mixed with food? Liquid or solid? Cream or gel? How long should I wait? When is the best time? When can I stop?

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Generic versus Brand Name Why are they cheaper? Why don’t they look the same?

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Generic drugs must… Contain the same active ingredients Have the same dosage strength (20 mg, 400 mL ) Be the same dosage form (liquid, pill, cream) Have the same route of administration Deliver similar amounts of the drug to the bloodstream within a similar time period

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The package insert Reading between the technical lines What does the package insert NOT say? Ask for the patient leaflet

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Check it out: PDR.net Epocrates.com Partnership for Prescription Assistance (888) 477-2669 www.pparx.com Talk to your healthcare professional!!!

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