How to take your liquid medicines

Much easier to swallow, liquid medicines come in many different forms (solutions, emulsions, suspensions). The most common medication error with liquid medicines is accurate dosing. Here are some tips on how to help you properly take your liquid medicines

  • Always confirm with your pharmacist the right dose of medicine to take especially the ones that will need calculations
  • Read drug label to know more about your medicine (this could help you know if to shake the bottle before use for example)
  • Do not use household spoons to measure as they are not accurate (giving you either too high or too low of the drug)
  • Use the measuring device that comes with the drug.
    • Syringes (without the needle): For babies or doses less than 5ml
    • Measuring spoons: for 5ml (or multiples of 5ml) doses
    • Graduated cups: best for volumes greater than 5ml (put cup on flat surface and read at eye level)
  • Always keep your measuring devices clean to avoid contamination by washing after use.

Before combining any liquid medicines by foods or drinks, make sure it is ok with your pharmacist.

For how to make it easier for children, watch the following video

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