Every day, millions of Canadians use drugs and health products to prevent or treat an illness or condition, reduce health risks, or maintain good health.
Drugs and health products include prescription and non-prescription drugs, natural health products, medical devices (such as insulin pumps, condoms, and contact lenses), medical marijuana, disinfectants, and sanitizers with disinfectant claims.
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Safe use of medicines
Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines can help cure diseases and make you feel better. But it's important to use medicines carefully.
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.
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.
Ear candling is an alternative practice that is believed to treat several conditions including excess ear wax, earaches, and sinus infections. However, this old home remedy has no proven medical benefits and can cause serious injuries.
Acne is a common skin condition and there are many ways to treat it. However, some treatments should be used with caution.
Proper use and disposal of medication
Traces of pharmaceuticals are being detected in the environment, primarily in water and soil. There is growing evidence that throwing drugs and other personal care products in the garbage, or flushing them down the toilet or the sink is contributing to this issue.
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.
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