- Keep a list for yourself, spouse, children, parents, etc.
- Emergencies happen unexpectedly – keep it with you at all times (purse, wallet, etc.)
- You might be incapacitated (not able to speak or remember) – consider sharing your list with close family members or friends
- Include drug name, dose, frequency and why you take it
- Include vitamins and supplements
- Share your list with every prescriber (urgent care, specialists, dentist, emergency room, paramedics, etc.)
Your provider may need to know what medications you're taking in order to make accurate decisions about your diagnosis and treatment.
They may need to ask you: Did a medication cause your condition or is a medication disguising your condition?
In order to prevent drug interactions with new medications your provider will need a detailed list of all of the medications you are taking, including those over the counter. In the hospital, we need to ensure that you receive the same medications that you're taking at home. Missing a dose of a vital med could have a significant impact on your health.
Remember! Most patients have multiple providers (family physician, cardiologist, urgent care, emergency room, etc.) – most providers cannot see what others have prescribed –
Only you know what you really take.
Please use this information to ensure that you and your family can prevent the risk of receiving a previously stopped medication or wrong dose by keeping a detailed list and sharing it with your provider.