Medicine Labels: Ingredients, Directions & Purpose


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Which of the following is the correct definition of 'active ingredients'?

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1. Which part of the drug label details other medical conditions that would prohibit you safely taking a specific medication and also potentially dangerous side effects that you may experience if you do choose to take this medication?

2. Joe buys a medication from the store. He is looking at the drug label trying to understand all the symptoms that could be relieved by all the different active ingredients contained in the medication. Under which section would he find this information most readily?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The purpose of these two assessments is to help you gauge your knowledge of reading medicine labels. You will need to know the format of these labels and understand certain terminology.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The goals of this worksheet/quiz combo are:

  • Review the directions section of a medicine label
  • Define active ingredients
  • Learn where the symptoms section would be on a medicine bottle
  • Identify the sections included on a medicine label

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the components of a medicine label
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on reading medicine labels
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the area on a medicine label that describes the symptoms

Additional Learning

If you are concerned with learning more about the format of medicine labels, you can always work through the lesson called Medicine Labels: Ingredients, Directions & Purpose. This lesson will help you learn more about the following topics:

  • Active ingredients on medicine labels
  • Purpose of dosage directions
  • Finding different sections on a medicine label