When patients, caregivers, providers, and pharmacists work as a team, medication-related problems can be avoided, resulting in better health outcomes and improved daily functioning.
Our providers encourage you to learn as much as possible about each medication that is being taken. Be sure to read the information pamphlets that come with prescription medicines. Ask any questions you may have about the medications the patient is taking and how to manage the medication regimen. In addition to the name, dosing information and potential side effects, it is also important to understand why each one has been prescribed.
All patients should have a current and complete list of all medications they are taking. This list should include all prescribed and OTC medicines, vitamins, supplements, etc. Note the name of each drug, dosing information, reason for use, prescribing doctor and any cautions stated on the package. Always carry a copy of this list with you in your wallet or purse. This record will be invaluable in the event of an emergency, such as a serious drug interaction or overdose.