Know Your Medicine
How to Read a Drug Label
OTC Usage Survey
Questions to Ask
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Test your knowledge about OTC medications by taking this quiz.
If the over-the-counter medicine expiration date has passed, what should you do?
a. Keep it in case you need it
b. Give it to a friend
c. Throw it away
d. Flush it down the toilet
e. Return it to the pharmacist for disposal
What kind of information will you find in the "Warning" category on the label?
a. When to ask a doctor or pharmacist before using
b. Possible side effects
c. Directions for pregnant or breast-feeding mothers
d. All of the above
If you are concerned about what activities to avoid (such as driving a car) while using an OTC medicine, which section of the label should you read?
Can an OTC medicine have more than one active ingredient?
In which section would you look for information about possible drug interactions?
Before taking an OTC medication with another medication, should you consult with a health-care professional such as a doctor or pharmacist?
Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA)
Drug Information and Research Centre (DIRC)
National Council on Patient Information and Education
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