FAQ – Medication

Where should I store my medications?

In general, store your medications in a safe place away from heat, moisture, and freezing temperatures. Because of the moisture, a bathroom cabinet may be a poor choice. A better choice might be a linen closet, a dresser drawer, or a kitchen cabinet. Some drugs have more specific storage requirements. Follow your pharmacist’s instructions for storing these medications.

Can I import my medication from other countries?

In general, it is illegal to purchase prescription medications from another country, but the Food and Drug Administration does allow it with certain restrictions for personal use. However, importing drugs from another country bypasses many of the regulations and checks that exist for your safety. Learn more on our Importing Medications page.

I took someone else’s medication. What should I do?

Call the poison control center. Hennepin Regional Poison Center

Emergency Phone: 1-800-222-1222 (voice and TTY)

II t took too much of my medication. What should I do?

Call the poison control center. Hennepin Regional Poison Center

Emergency Phone: 1-800-222-1222 (voice and TTY)

I missed a dose of my medication. What should I do?

Call your doctor or pharmacist to determine the proper course of action.

My pills look different. What should I do?

Tell your pharmacist immediately if your current prescription is different than your previous one in any way and do not take your medication until the discrepency is resolved.

Is my medication safe?

Both your doctor and pharmacist constantly strive to make sure that any medication you’ve been prescribed is safe for you to take. You can help by telling them about any allergies you have, any other medications that you’re taking, and any side-effects you may experience. Always take your medications as directed by your doctor or pharmacist and, if you have any questions, be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information. Working with your healthcare professionals, you can be sure that your medications are safe. Learn more about medication safety on our Medication Safety page.

What about over-the-counter medications? Are they safe?

Medications that can be purchased without a prescription are generally safe for self-medication as long as they are taken as directed. Learn more on our Over-the-Counter Medication Safety page.