However, not all dosage forms and strengths are interchangeable. Consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding substitutions. Never use a stronger dose than recommended. Always read drug labels for the correct strength before using it.
Indication, warnings, and storage conditions
The indication, which is what the drug is for, should be printed on the drug label and packaging. Examples of indications include for pain relief, for cough, and for fever.
Contraindications (when the product should not be used), precautions, and warning labels are required. Warnings include statements such as, “Keep out of reach of children” or “For external use only”. Read the drug label carefully before taking or giving a medication.
In addition, the storage conditions of the preparation should be printed. This includes any special instructions such as refrigeration, protection from light, and specific temperatures. In general, drugs can be stored at home the same way they were stored in the pharmacy.
While the product name typically includes the active ingredients, the ingredients list will contain all the ingredients used in the preparation. This includes inactive substances such as dyes, preservatives, and perfumes. Active ingredients should have the amounts and units stated. The inactive ingredients do not need to have the amounts listed.
If you have allergies to certain substances, it would be wise to check the ingredients list before purchasing and using the preparation. If you see that there is an ingredient that you are allergic to, inform your doctor about it.
Approved languages for drug labels
Of course, how can people read drug labels if they cannot understand the language? In order to accurately and fully give product information, all labels and packaging must be in English or Filipino.