Keeping a current list of your medications is one way you can help take responsibility for your health and help your care providers take the best possible care of you!
Knowing your exact medications and dosages is key to preventing medication errors.
An emergency — or even a scheduled test or treatment — can be stressful and is not the best time to gather your medication history.
However, your care provider and our hospital staff cannot accurately treat you without this vital information.
To avoid negative medication interactions and prevent allergic reactions, please plan ahead and write your list down so you're ready when the time comes.
What to Include
Your list of medications should include the following information for each medication you are currently taking:
- The name of the medication
- The dosage (in mg)
- How often you take it
- Prescriptions from your doctor(s)
- Over-the-counter medications
- Dietary supplements
- Herbal medications
In addition, you should:
- Know if you are allergic to any medications
- Keep a list of your allergies and sensitivities to medications and the type of reaction you've had
Finally, it is important that you can answer the following questions about each of your medicines:
- What is it for?
- What common side effects do you experience, if any?
- How long do you need to take your medicine?
- What interactions may occur with other medications?
- Do diet or activity affect this medication?