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Using a prescription medicine can be confusing. It's hard to remember what your doctor told you. Choosing an over-the-counter drug like a pain reliever or antacid can also be hard. To use medicines safely, you need to know:
The information you need is on the label. Not following the instructions on the label can hurt you. Use the pictures below to learn how to read prescription and over-the-counter drug labels. Many common prescription drugs also come with a Medication Guide, which is paper handout about using the prescription drug. If you still have trouble or have questions, call your doctor or the pharmacist for help. Learn more about using medicines with these tips from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Content last updated: May 18, 2010.