Take care with prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs

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*Avoid mixing medicines with certain foods. Always read food labels and follow the directions on your prescriptions carefully.

*Consult your doctor before discontinuing use of medication. You may feel better, but some medications must be finished in order to completely alleviate the condition.

*Don't mix medicine with alcohol. The metabolism of drugs can be accelerated or slowed, depending on the amount of alcohol consumed.

*Keep medications in their original containers. Some medications are sensitive to light and should be kept in solid plastic bottles, while others require clear or glass containers for optimal storage.