Cautionary and advisory label

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Cautionary and advisory labels (CALs) are sometimes added along with Patient Information labels (PILs) and dispensing labels to a medicine dispensed by the pharmacist to a patient.

In many countries prescription medicine is required to include labels that disclose drug contents, directions for use and precautions for use.[1]

Cautionary labels and other pharmaceutical labels are applied to give healthcare professionals adequate information to safely prescribe medicine as well as improve patient safety and compliance.[1] Standard cautionary and advisory labels offer advice but are not exhaustive. The labels are not a substitute for adequate counseling by prescribers and dispensers but are intended to reinforce essential information the patient needs to know.

Label Wording and Warnings[edit]

Recommended label wording can offer advice about:

  • Timing of doses in relation to food
  • Completing the course of treatment
  • What has to be done if a dose is missed
  • The correct storage of a medicine
  • Dissolution of the medicine in water before taking it
  • Limits to the number of tablets that should be taken in a given time

Recommended label wording can offer warnings about:

  • Effects of the medicine on driving or work (e.g. through drowsiness)
  • Foods or medicines that should be avoided
  • Avoidance of exposure of the skin to sunlight or sun lamps
  • Medicines that can discolor the urine
  • Medicines that can stain clothes or skin
  1. ^ a b "An Introduction to the Improved FDA Prescription Drug Labeling". FDA. Retrieved 27 November 2013.