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Medicines & medical devices

Information includes acne treatment, antidepressant drugs, health products for weight loss and the safe disposal of prescription drugs.

Using medications safely

Prescription and non-prescription medications can help treat diseases and conditions, and make you feel better. But taking these medications correctly is important.

Safe disposal of prescription drugs

Help ensure that prescription drugs and other pharmaceuticals do not pose a risk to you and to others.

Antibiotic resistance

Antimicrobial resistance happens when a drug is no longer effective in killing or stopping the growth of particular microorganisms, like bacteria. When this occurs, it can mean there are fewer effective antibiotics available to prevent and treat infections and infectious diseases, making treatment more difficult.

Misconceptions about vaccine safety

Misconceptions about the safety of vaccines may cause you to delay or avoid immunizations. Vaccines protect against a number of preventable diseases like measles, whooping cough, and influenza (the flu). Avoiding immunizations puts you, your children, and your community at risk.

The use of health products for weight loss

An increasing number of Canadians are using health products for weight loss, including prescription drugs and natural health products (NHPs). These products may provide benefits when used properly, but misuse of them may cause serious risks to your health.

Antidepressant drugs

Antidepressant drugs (often called "antidepressants") are widely used in Canada to treat depression and other mental health issues. It is important to take them as directed. Side effects are usually manageable, but stopping treatment suddenly can cause problems.

Buying drugs from the internet

If you buy drugs or natural health products from the internet, you may be putting your health at serious risk. This is especially true if you order prescription drugs without being examined in person by a health care practitioner.

Acne treatments

Acne is a common skin condition and there are many ways to treat it. However, some treatments should be used with caution.

Warfarin

If you take warfarin, you should be aware that certain drugs, natural health products and foods can alter the levels of warfarin in your system, and this may cause serious health effects.

Menstrual tampons

Using tampons versus external protection-like pads when you have your period is a personal decision. However, using tampons may present certain health risks.

Safe use of medication for children

Prescribed medications, as with any other health product, can have a variety of known side effects. Know what to expect from medications your doctor prescribes for your kids by asking questions up front. Here are some of the key things to know about medications.

Medication & kids under six

In 2009, Health Canada had manufacturers re-label over-the-counter cold and cough medications containing certain active ingredients to indicate they are not to be used in children under age six.

Medication & kids

Don't be afraid to ask! Almost every child is at some point prescribed medication by a doctor. As a parent, you're entitled to ask questions and be informed about proper handling, dispensing and storage of medications for your kids.

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