Free class teaches people how to manage medication

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A free Lunch and Learn class was held at St. Bernard's Health and Wellness Center Friday to teach people how to manage their medication.

Patient Safety Officer Beth Murff said not keeping up with your meds could lead to serious medical issues. More often than not, people don't stick to the advice of their doctor.

"Every physician visit you make, you need to take an accurate list from all the other physician visits because if the physician doesn't know what you're on they can't accurately treat you and could cause harm," said Murff. "We may need to give you a medication to save your life.  But if there's a medication on board that we're unaware of, that medication can actually harm you.  And so, interactions are huge"

Murff said this is why it's important to keep that complete list of all your medications and dosage amounts with you at all times.

She also said to take your medications only as the doctor has prescribed them. Don't change your dosage on your own. Don't stop taking any of your medications on your own, and don't take other people's medications.

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