"to use" vs "to take"

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jctgf

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hi,

what's the correct verb to use when refering to medication?

"Can I use/take eyedrops for dry eyes?"

"Are you using/taking your sleeping pills?"

I found both on the web.

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If you are swallowing the medication = to take.

If you are applying the medication externally = to use.

As we all know, the internet is not always accurate.

Having said that, it is possible to ask if someone is using medication.
 

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thanks.
what if the medication is an ointment?
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