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

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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:

How to get a good night's sleep without medication

This brochure provides tips and techniques for a good night's sleep without resorting to sleeping pills.

Also see this website which contains information to help people manage insomnia.

Fact sheet about deprescribing

Learn the important facts about deprescribing by checking out these infographics.

You can also see this web page that explains what deprescribing is.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Postcard on deprescribing

(Click to enlarge or download, and see reverse side; size is 4.5 x 6 in)

 

 

 


Poster on medication safety

(click to enlarge or download; size is 11 x 17 in. Also available in 8.5 x 11 in.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Important resources

5 questions to ask about your medications

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opioids for pain after surgery: your questions answered

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, check out this video with advice for people considering or taking opioid medications:

Learn how to combat insomnia without sleeping pills

Sleepwell Nova Scotia is a website that contains information to help people manage insomnia without relying on sleeping pills.

 

Learn more