The Gut Check: Know Your Medicine campaign was designed to aid gastroenterologists, hepatologists, and other health-care professionals in their effort to reduce the amount of preventable health issues that thousands of individuals face every year.
Even though overdose of pain medicines — either over-the-counter or prescription — is not a new phenomenon, it’s something that requires attention, because so many of these cases are preventable with the right education. There are a few things that health-care professionals can do the next time we see all our patients:
- Remind patients to read and follow all medicine labels and not to exceed the recommended doses.
- Educate patients to be aware of the active ingredients in their medications and not to double up on the same active ingredient.
- Encourage patients to speak with us if they have any questions about their current medications or believe their treatment regimen needs to be adjusted.