What can you do to become more informed and engaged in decisions about your prescription medications?
These resources are a great start and are freely available for print and distribution. Share them with your friends or family members who may be taking medications that may be unnecessary or even harmful.
ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR, PHARMACIST OR NURSE BEFORE CHANGING OR STOPPING ANY OF YOUR MEDICATIONS.
Brochures about the risks of certain medication classes
These brochures were created to inform and empower people about certain types of risky medications. Click on the links below to see the brochures and print them:
Anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs)
Antipsychotic medication as sleeping pills or for dementia
Medications for allergies and itchiness (First-generation antihistamines)
Medication for type-2 diabetes (Sulfonylurea diabetes medication [glyburide])
Sleeping pills & anti-anxiety medication (Sedative-hypnotic medication)
Stomach pills for acid reflux (Proton-pump inhibitors)
How to get a good night's sleep without medication
Fact sheet about deprescribing
Postcard on deprescribing
(Click to enlarge or download, and see reverse side; size is 4.5 x 6 in)
(Click to enlarge or download, and see reverse side; size is 5 x 7 in)
Poster on medication safety
Brochure about how medications affect us differently as we age
Click on the image to view or download the full brochure. The dimensions are 8.5 x 14 in, double-sided.
Other Important resources
Quizzes on medication safety
Check out our series of articles on a range of topics related to medications and deprescribing.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada suggests five questions to ask your health provider about your medications, especially if you are on a number of drugs.
If you've been prescribed an opioid medication for pain after surgery, here are the things to know and look out for to minimize pain, harmful effects and risk of addiction.
Sleepwell is a website with information to help people manage insomnia without relying on sleeping pills.
The ‘Coyote’s Food Medicines’ story was created to encourage conversations about wellness and how to manage medications for a healthy life. This powerful story was written by Elders of Northern Secwepemc and is the result of a collaboration between the Shared Care Committee (a partnership of Doctors of BC and the British Columbia government) and the First Nations Health Authority.