Thursday, August 15, 2013

Avoiding Accidental Drug Overdose

It can be helpful to develop an organized system of handling your medications.  Some people like to use the weekly pill organizers which contain individual pockets for each day of the week into which you can place the pills you need to take at regular intervals during the week.  Some pill organizers are more specific and contain separate A.M. and P.M. pockets for each day of the week.  These organizers can be very useful.

However, I have a number of medications which are taken on an as-needed basis (such as pain medication) or a once-weekly basis (such as methotrexate).  As RA is associated with increased levels of depression and anxiety, you may have other drugs on hand such as the anti-anxiety drug alprazolam (Xanax) as I do.

Last month, I had a scary experience when I mistakenly took 10 pills of alprazolam instead of my weekly dose of 10 pills of methotrexate one late Friday night.  There were several contributing factors to the mistake.

Read this post in its entirety:
Medication Safety: Watch What You Put in Your Mouth

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