Just because you have a prescription for your medicine, it doesn't mean you're safe from harm. While the medicines in the market have been tested for efficacy and given the all-clear, it's how you use these drugs that can spell the difference between wellness and the risk of death and injury. Learn how you can avoid any adverse drug reactions in the gallery below.

Learn more about medicines--starting with vitamins--with these articles on FN:

(First published in Marie Claire Magazine as "Wait Before You Self-Medicate" in May 2008; adapted for use in Female Network)

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