Posts Tagged ‘medicine safety’

Is it safe to split pills? FDA warning says not usually–even when you think the dosage is correct

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

The FDA released a public statement that pill splitting may be hazardous to your health.  They advise against the growing practice of asking your doctor for a tablet twice the strength you need, then halving it to make two doses. My Family Doctor has advocated this in the past as a way to save money.

They cite four reasons “why splitting is risky.”


Doctors’ tips on taking your medicine correctly

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

It may be a pharmacy urban legend but there is this ageless story of a doctor prescribing rectal suppositories to a patient.  On the follow-up visit the doctor asked if the suppositories helped and the patient replied, “No doc. It just falls right back out still wrapped in that aluminum foil.” It may or may not be true but I always write directions to unwrap suppository, then insert rectally.

In our March/April issue of James Hubbard’s My Family Doctor we asked physicians what were common mistakes they see patients make when it comes to taking medicines.  We now have the article, “Top 10 Medication Mistakes: Doctors’ tips on taking your medicine,” up on our web home page.  If you have time, take a read.  You might learn something new.

If you do, I would love to know your comments including any additional tips you might add.

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