Preventing Medicine Misuse

Up to half of the people who use medicines don't use them as prescribed, and the results of misuse can be tragic. Missed doses of glaucoma medicine, for example, can lead to optic nerve damage or blindness. Missed doses of heart medicine can lead to cardiac arrest.

Don't discontinue taking medication that your doctor has prescribed just because the symptoms have gone away. Follow your doctor's orders to complete the course of treatment.