Adverse effects of medication

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A Systems Approach to Quality Improvement in Long-Term Care: Safe Medication Practices Workbook 12/17/07

This 200-page resource manual outlines a systems approach to medication management in long-term care. It is designed to provide nursing home staff with a step-by-step guide through the key processes of a comprehensive medication management system and address areas that can lead to the reduction of medication errors. In addition, tools are offered as strategies to reduce the incidence and harm of errors.

The topics addressed in this manual include the following:

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Side Effects of Anti-HIV Medications, Fact Sheets 12/17/07

This series of fact sheets discusses some of the major side effects of anti-HIV medications. The information in this series is based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents and Management of Metabolic Complications Associated with Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV-1 Infection: Recommendations of an International AIDS Society-USA Panel.

These fact sheets address...

Quick Tips--When Getting a Prescription 12/17/07

This Web site presents questions for patients to ask their doctor, nurse, and/or pharmacist when prescribed a medication.

Some topics addressed include:

  • Generic medications
  • Dosage
  • Potential side effects
  • Issues to discuss with doctor about new prescriptions
Some Common Misconceptions about Vaccination and How to Respond to Them 12/17/07

This pamphlet addresses six common misconceptions that appear in literature about vaccination, along with explanations of why they are misconceptions.

The following six misconceptions are presented and discussed:

  • Diseases had already begun to disappear before vaccines were introduced, because of better hygiene and sanitation.
  • The majority of people who get a disease have been vaccinated.
  • There are “hot lots” of vaccine that have been associated with more...
Guidelines for Using Medicines Safely 12/17/07

This tool provides tips to patients on safe medication use. It outlines steps they should take at the doctor’s office, at the pharmacy, and at home.

Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines 12/17/07

This 11-page brochure for consumers addresses the harmful effects of drinking while taking certain medicines.

This brochure includes the following sections:

  • Did you know
    • Medicines may have many ingredients
    • Some medicines contain alcohol
    • Alcohol affects women differently
    • Older people face greater risk
    • Timing is important
  • Commonly used medicines (both prescription and over-the-counter) that interact with alcohol
  • ...
Over-the-Counter Medicine Interaction Cabinet 12/17/07

This interactive tool informs consumers about how some over-the-counter medicines may interact with prescription medicines.

The over-the-counter medications included are:

  • Acid reducers
  • Antihistamines
  • Cough medicines
  • Diet aids
  • Decongestants
  • Laxatives
  • Nasal sprays
  • Pain relievers
  • Upset stomach/heartburn medicines

A legend is provided listing whether the selected medication has:

  • More...
Clinical Pharmacology Educational Module 1: Preventable Adverse Drug Reactions: A Focus on Drug Interactions 12/17/07

This educational module addresses preventable adverse drug reactions (ADRs). It was developed based on a needs survey sent to all third-year medicine clerkship directors and all medicine residency program directors in the United States.

This module contains the following components:

  • Slide presentation
    • Sample case
    • ADR prevalence and incidence
    • Types of drug interactions
    • Drug metabolism
    • ADR reporting
    • Preventing drug...
My Medicines: Women's Health: Take Time to Care 12/17/07

This brochure for women provides recommendations for taking medicines wisely.

This brochure addresses the following topics:

  • Read the label
  • Avoid problems
  • Ask questions
  • Keep a record of medicines you use
  • List your prescription medicines

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