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How to read your medication labels

The last time you picked up a prescription medication, did you look at the label? That little label is chock-full of information – everything from your name to the expiration date.

Some of the information may be difficult to understand; never hesitate to review medications with your pharmacist and ask her to read the information and explain it to you.

Here's a look at a sample prescription medicine label:

Example of a medicine bottle label with explanations on how to read it

All prescription medication labels may not include all the information above. Some labels may have a different layout than the one shown. If you have any questions, ask the pharmacist or your doctor.