By Francesca Lunzer Kritz
Medication is such a part of our everyday lives-about two-thirds of all Americans take at least one drug daily-yet so many of us don't understand important details about them. Research shows that 10 percent of all hospital admissions are the result of patients not taking meds correctly and that most people don't know the active ingredients in the OTC drugs they use. "In a perfect world, a discussion about drugs would be its own doctor visit, so you'd go over all the details," says Michael Cohen, RPh, a pharmacist and head of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. Here's what you need to know to stay healthy and safe.
Timing Is Everything
Some drugs are better absorbed by your body at various times of the day, says Gayle Cotchen, lead pharmacist at McGee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. For example, certain cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins are best taken at night because that's when your body produces theRead More »from Everything You Need to Know About Your Meds