One of the sectors in which strikes more on Health Education is related to the use of medicines.

Each patient should consult with your doctor the use of a drug, so that is a guarantee for health and is suitable for treating the ailment.

Rules to consider

It is advisable to read the prospectus and consult the expiration date. It is also important to appropriately store depending on the nature of the drug. It is advisable, in the treatment of multiple medications, done with a template so that it will enter the dosage, frequency, and keep a track on whether the drug has been ingested. If in doubt, it is preferable to wait for the next shot, avoiding eating a double dose.


Ointments is not recommended to keep beauty with useful because they can cause confusion and unintended consequences. The drug must be preserved forever in its original container with your prospect, for any queries. When you go to different health professionals, primary care physician, specialist, dentist, etc., We must maintain the list of drugs prescribed for treatment of their medication to know and act accordingly for your health.


We should note that 30% of childhood poisonings occur because of drugs, that appeal to children because of their particular packaging. In homes where there are children it is recommended that the cabinet is locked and keep there all the drugs that may pose a high risk to children if, by accident, they ingest.
According to statistics, most poisonings are accidental, except in the case of adolescents, which also appears to cause the suicide attempt. Sometimes poisoning are caused by a bad dose in certain symptomatology and against certain drugs that can damage components of the patient’s health if not managed properly.


It is advisable to follow the widespread practice of placing the kit in the bathroom because it is the wettest place in the house and one of the hottest and the medications they need a cool, dry environment. Elsewhere in the house that reaches high temperatures is the kitchen, which also discourages placing the kit, since the rise and fall in temperature may affect the ingredients. In general, inadequate temperature, moist environment and inadequate light can cause the active drug to remain without effect or encourage them to make them toxic.

The conditions

The ideal storage conditions are as follows:

¤ Place with temperature not exceeding 22 º C or below 15 ° C.
¤ Humidity less than 85%.
¤ No direct exposure to sunlight.

In any case, the drugs must be out of reach of children; respect to the maximum original terms of the package, for example, keep the cotton in those who have to keep moisture inside the bottle-, not using those drugs that look abnormal, that is, they are softer or harder than normal, or with different color, consult with the pharmacist the right place to keep the medication purchased.

Beware of self-medication

Self-medication is defined as the consumption of drugs without the intervention of health professionals. It is estimated that between 10 and 30% of the population self-medication, and of that percentage, 70% are often subjected to unwanted reactions. It’s a bad habit often go directly to the pharmacy and, without consulting with the professional, a drug purchase colleague has advised us to address a particular symptom.

Each person has certain characteristics that the doctor considers when imposing a treatment, and often differs greatly from patient to patient. Self-medication is absolutely inadvisable during pregnancy, as there are drugs that are easily absorbed by the placenta and can cause serious damage to the fetus. We must seek advice from the doctor, or read the prospectus carefully if it is contraindicated in pregnancy.
Self-medication is likely to cause allergy own symptomatology: headache, drowsiness, nausea, diarrhea, hives . In the case of antibiotics, the gravity is that it strengthens the viral strains.