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)
- 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
(Click to enlarge or download, and see reverse side; size is 4.5 x 6 in)
Poster on medication safety
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.
Also, check out this video with advice for people considering or taking opioid medications:
Sleepwell Nova Scotia is a website that contains information to help people manage insomnia without relying on sleeping pills.