The medications you take have many uses, such as to treat, help prevent or lessen the symptoms of your disease or illness. They can be ordered for you by a doctor, you can buy them in a store or pharmacy, or they can be given to you as a sample by your doctor. Medications come in many different shapes, sizes and colours. They can also come in different strengths. If the medicine looks different, ask your pharmacist or doctor if it is the right medicine. Always ask your pharmacist when you start a new drug if it will react with the other drugs you are on.
Safe Management of Chemotherapy Medications in the Home
Regardless of whether your chemotherapy is given by injection or taken by mouth, these medications remain in your blood, saliva, vomit, urine, stool, vaginal fluids, and semen for a long time.
Safe handling precautions are advised to be followed for up to 48 hours after your last dose of chemotherapy treatment. If you are on daily oral chemotherapy, you need to use these special precautions the whole time you are taking the oral chemotherapy until at least 48 hours after your last chemotherapy dose.
Click here to learn how to safely handle these medications.
E.R.I.K (Emergency Response Information Kit) is available from local Senior Resource Councils.
Call 204-945-6565 or Toll-free 1-800-665-6565 to find out the phone number of the Senior Resource Council nearest you. Kits are also available from Fire and Paramedic Stations.