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10 Tips for Taking Medication

Content provided by Kent Ling, Pharmacist

1. Do not take any medications that have expired.
2. Do not mix different medications in the same vial or bottle.
3. Do not take medications that belong to other people.
4. Before you take a medication, read the label carefully and follow the instructions on the label or those provided by your healthcare provider when taking the medication.
5. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns or questions about any medications.
6. You might not see immediate results. Some medications may take a longer time than others before you see the effects, so please be patient. Do not stop taking medications without talking to your doctor.
7. Do not change the dosage of your medication without talking to your doctor.
8. Store medications in a place that cannot be reached by children and pets. Do not store medications in areas with moisture fluctuations, such as the bathroom.
9. Do not take medications with unidentified or unapproved ingredients.
10. If you experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction (e.g. rash, swelling or shortness of breath) stop taking the medication and notify your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Evaluating Web Resources

What should I look for in a website/online source?

We understand that deciding what information to trust online might be a difficult task. While a lot of information is available on media platforms and on websites, not all of it is factually correct. Misinformation can be harmful for your and your family’s health, so it is important to be able to look for signs of credible sources. Listed below are some tips that can help you with your online search:

1. It’s important to pay attention to how you came across the website.

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2. Who was the information written by?

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3. Where can you find more information?

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4. When was this information written?

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5. How easy is it for you to use the website?

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If you are concerned about the advice suggested by a website, please contact your health care provider before implementing that advice. The advice presented on websites may be generalized, but a healthcare provider can assess whether that advice is right for your age, your other medications, your other medical conditions or your mobility needs. Never use a website to replace the expertise of your medical care practitioner.

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Defining Wellness

Is not being sick the same as being healthy? Registered nurse Barbara Ho explains the definition of wellness and the ten criteria used to measure health. Part of the “Healthy and Happy Living at Home” 2016 Chinese Forum. In English; video (5:16m)

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Navigating Community Health Resources

A panel of health professionals covers several topics regarding navigating community health resources. Topics include government sponsored programs, and the importance of collaboration between home caretakers and medical professionals. (Part of the “Healthy and Happy Living at Home” 2016 Chinese Forum). Panelists: Maylene Fong, Manager, VCH; Rachel Lee, Social Worker, Providence Health; Dr. Kendall Ho, Emergency Doctor In English; video (18:08m)

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Digital Health Tips and Tools

Tips on choosing digital apps that can improve health through improving fitness, meditation, deep breathing, tracking calories, etc. In English; pdf infographic

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Chinese-English Phrase Workbook

A Chinese-English bilingual phrasebook created by UBC medical graduates to support clinicians for medical encounter between English speaking medical students and Chinese patients. In English and Chinese; pdf document

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Chinese-English Regularly Used Medical Terms

A Chinese-English bilingual phrasebook created by UBC medical graduates to support clinicians for medical encounter between English speaking medical students and Chinese patients. In English and Chinese; pdf document

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Chinese-English Medical Vocabulary: Arthritis and Osteoporosis

A Chinese-English bilingual phrasebook created by UBC medical graduates to support clinicians for medical encounter between English speaking medical students and Chinese patients. In English and Chinese; pdf document

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Chinese-English Common Dementia Terms

A Chinese-English bilingual phrasebook created by UBC medical graduates to support clinicians for medical encounter between English speaking medical students and Chinese patients. In English and Chinese; pdf document

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Reliable Digital Health Resources

A list of trusted internet websites along with some tips for helping to select the right health apps for you. In English; pdf document

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Healthy Living…It’s in Everyone

The Healthy Living Toolkit for Families includes information on healthy living for families who have a child or youth with mental health challenges and provides worksheets, tools, and tips from families across BC. In English; pdf booklet

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Medication Management

Based on recommendations by Registered Pharmacist, Kent Ling, this resource highlights the importance of medication. In English and Chinese; pdf infographic

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