October 22, 2009, 6:05 PM
During this cold and flu season you'll have a lot of decisions to make when it comes to medicating yourself and your children. But there are medication mishaps you'll want to avoid.
If you leave your doctor's office without a prescription, your first stop before heading home may be the pharmacy.
But before you buy over the counter medications, you'll need to ask the right questions.
“You need to find out what each drug does, what it's for, how long to give it and what dose to give it,” said Lewis Drug Director of Pharmacy, Bill Ladwig.
And the same goes for prescriptions. Lewis Drug Director of Pharmacy Bill Ladwig says you should never make dosing a guessing game.
“You're dosing one bottle with the same dropper that you had before. So you may be giving twice the amount of medication using the same volume, but the concentration's different,” said Ladwig.
It's also important to finish all prescribed medication.
“It's easy to give a child an antibiotic when they're sick. They're on the couch, they're lying there, it's easy. But day 8, 9, 10 when they're out running around it's a lot more difficult to track them down but it's really important to finish the therapy,” Ladwig said.
Finishing the medicine, means you're winning the war going on inside your sick body.
“What's going on is the bacteria in the body are fighting against the white blood cells to kill the infection. Antibiotic helps in the process. But all of a sudden when you stop giving the antibiotic and the white blood cells can't compensate, and you start losing the war,” said Ladwig.
And Ladwig says, don't over medicate.
“I'm a huge advocate of only using single products. Don't use multiple drugs when one is needed,” Ladwig said.
So find out what every medication you have does to treat just the symptoms you have.
© 2009 KELOLAND TV. All Rights Reserved.
7/3/2015 6:38 PM
A Brookings man is dead following a two-vehicle crash on I-29 Friday afternoon, just south of Baltic.
7/5/2015 12:25 PM
A Spearfish woman was killed Saturday in a single-vehicle rollover crash outside of town.
6/30/2015 9:46 AM
A 68-year-old Nebraska woman has died after a collision of two boats below Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River.
7/4/2015 2:36 PM
An Arlington woman has died following a crash Friday night, but authorities say her death was not a result of the accident itself.
7/5/2015 4:34 PM
A Minnesota volunteer firefighter says he's been suspended for flying a confederate flag from an engine during a holiday parade, and that he expec...