Nearly a third of adult Americans say they share prescriptions with family and friends. That's according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, and the two personal prescriptions that are shared the most are pain and allergy medication.
"What if they're allergic? What if the symptom they're having which they think is allergy might be something else?" asks pharmacist Harminder Sikand.
Experts say it is not safe to borrow prescriptions because what works for one person may not work for another. In fact, it could instead be dangerous to someone else.
So, Sikand suggests if you run out of your prescription, instead of getting something from a friend, talk to your pharmacist. Because they will often give you a pill or two to buy some time until you can reach your doctor.