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Every medication carries some risk, due to potential mismanagement (known as non-compliance), as well as possible side effects, allergic reactions or interactions with other drugs, alcohol or food. Knowledge is the best tool patients can arm themselves with to ensure that consumption of medications is not causing more harm than good.
When improperly used, medications meant to help with health problems can actually cause them. Quality of life is reduced and hospitalization or institutionalization – or sometimes even death – can result. The cost to individuals, in terms of well-being and independence, and also to the health care system, can be high.