If you’re the average American, you likely take at least one prescription medication.  In fact, according to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, 70% of Americans take at least one prescription!  While most medications are prescribed to provide a benefit, there are those pesky side-effects that often come with them.

Many prescription drugs, especially those related to blood pressure and diabetes, will cause a person to become dizzy or become drowsy.  Anytime a prescription drug has side effects they can put you at risks of having an emergency that you may not think about. For example, if a drug does make you dizzy or drowsy, this may cause an unfortunate accident like falling, or worse, crashing your car.

Here are some helpful tips to keep you safe if you are taking medications:

  1. Be aware of all the side effects of your medications
  2. Make sure your doctor(s) is aware of all the medications
  3. Inform your loved ones and your emergency contacts of which medications you take and the dose
  4. Never take your medications differently than instructed by your doctor or pharmacist

Another helpful safety tip is to sign up for Vivo Alert. By doing so you can list your medications in your emergency message so that if you’re ever in an emergency the people that are helping you can provide you the best treatment and have a better chance of keeping you alive.