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Medicines: Use Them Safely

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When you're at the doctor's office, make sure you review your medicine record and ask your doctor about any new information concerning your medicines. And each time you are prescribed new medication, find out the following information:

  1. What is the name of the medicine and why am I taking it?
  2. What are the brand and generic names of the medicine?
  3. What is the name of the condition this medicine will treat?
  4. How does this medicine work?
  5. How often should I take it?
  6. How long will it take to work?
  7. How will I know if this medicine is working?
  8. How can I expect to feel once I start taking this medicine?
  9. When should I take it and how much? As needed? Before, with or between meals? At bedtime?
  10. If I forget to take it, what should I do?
  11. What side effects might I expect? Should I report them? How can I lessen the side effects?
  12. How long will I have to take it?
  13. What should I do if the medicine doesn't seem to work?
  14. Can this medicine interact with other medicines (prescription and OTC's including herbal and dietary supplements) that I am taking now?
  15. While using this medicine, should I avoid:
    drinking alcohol?
    eating certain foods?
    taking certain medicines?
    Are there any other precautions?
  16. Can I get a refill? When?
  17. How should I store the medicine?
  18. If I don't take medicine, is there anything else that would work as well?

Source: National Institute on Aging
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
Public Health Service
National Institutes of Health - www.nih.gov

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Help if you don’t know your union

Your union membership dictates which Union Plus benefits you are eligible to use.

  1. What your national union’s name (not just your local number)? Scroll through the list we have to see if you recognize your union.
  2. What type of work do you do (select your occupation)?
  3. Do you have a union member card or union publication/letter that shows the name of your union? Find something with the name of your union, not just a local number.
  4. Is there a shop steward or work colleague you can ask what the name of your union is? You can even ask your human resources department to tell you the full name of your union?
  5. Do you have a Union Plus Credit Card? If so, the name and logo for your international union should appear on the front of the card.

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Union members are automatically eligible for their union's Union Plus benefits and you do not need to be a Union Plus Credit Cardholder in order to access your union's Union Plus benefits.

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