2005-05-12 / Medical

Facts About Your Meds

Feeling a cold coming on and hoping some medicine will help you feel better? With so many different medications available on the shelves of your local supermarket or drugstore, you may feel overwhelmed by all of your options.

To help you make an informed decision, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Citizen Information Center have put together a free package of handy publications. Get the facts on the differences between generic and brand name drugs and how to manage the benefits and risks of your medicines.

For your headache, upset tummy or the aches and pains that come with a cold, generic drugs are as safe and effective as brand-name drugs and they can save you money. The generic version uses the same active ingredients and works like its brand name counterpart in dosage, strength, performance and use. Learn more in this informative package about how the FDA checks and approves generic drugs.

With all medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter, it’s important that you consider all the benefits and risks. Use the following tips to help you make the best choice for your medical needs.

Keep an up-to-date list of all the medicines that you use, and share this list with your doctor and pharmacist. Before taking any medicine, ask your health care professional when, how and how long to use it, what to do if you miss a dose and what side effects and interactions to watch for. And remember, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t be too embarrassed to ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Be an informed consumer with the free Facts About Your Meds package. There are three easy ways to get your free publication

• Send your name and address to the Facts About Your Meds, Pueblo, Colorado 81009.

• Visit www.pueblo.gsa.gov/rc/ n23.edfacts.htm to place your order online or to read or print out this and hundreds of other federal publications for free.

Call toll-free 1-888-8 PUEBLO. That’s 1 (888) 878-3256, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time and ask for Facts About Your Meds,

Get even more information and take advantage of federal online resources at www.FirstGov.gov- your official front door to federal and state government web sites.

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