The information provided on this website and in the book, Just The Right Dose: Your Smart Guide to Prescription Drugs & How to Take Them Safely, is intended for educational purposes only. The author is not a physician and is not dispensing medical advice. The information in the book is not to be used as a substitute for treatment or advice from a practicing physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider, or to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For any health issues that require diagnosis or treatment, please consult your own physician or in cases of urgency, an urgent care clinic or emergency department.
Marijke Vroomen Durning, RN, lives in Montreal, Canada. She has been a nurse since 1983, and writing and editing health information since the mid-1990s. Over the course of her career as a nurse, Marijke has given out thousands of doses of medicines and answered many drug-related questions from patients and their relatives. She enjoys writing patient education information to help people understand their medical and health conditions. She often tells clients that writing health information is like the patient teaching that nurses want to do, but often don't have the time for in the hospital setting.
Marijke also has experience with prescription medications on a personal level, for herself and for her own children when they were young. She clearly remembers a few incidents when errors had been made by people prescribing the drugs and in one case, dispensing them. Her knowledge caught the mistakes before harm could be done.
Now a health writer, Marijke has written for online and print outlets, such as Costco Connection, Forbes.com, Nursing 2013, HealthDay News, and more. You can learn more about her at TheNurseWriter.com.
Americans spent over 200 billion dollars, Canadians over 2.2 billion dollars, on prescription drugs in 2013 alone. Studies have shown that patient misunderstanding of instructions on prescription medicine labels is common, resulting in medication and drug errors, and treatment not working effectively. Many of these people take the medicines themselves, but many also are responsible for making sure a family member in their care, such as a child or a disabled parent, takes their medicine.
The different formats of prescription drugs, such as creams, drops, patches, and more
Tips on how to manage prescription medicines
How the pharmacist is your best resource for questions about medications
No two people have the same medicine needs, even if they have the same medical problems. Understanding how the drugs should be taken, when, how often, and for how long is important in helping manage their conditions.