Keeping an up-to-date record of your medicines may help protect you from a mistake. First, it helps you and your family remember all the medicines you are taking. Next, it helps your doctor, nurses, and pharmacists make sure that the medicines prescribed for you can be taken safely together. A list also helps make sure that important medicines you take at home will be continued if you are hospitalized. Finally, your medicine list will help your doctor determine if any illness or symptoms you experience could be related to the medicine you take.
To create an up-to-date medicine list, think about the doctors you visit and the medicines each one has prescribed for you. Then think about your health conditions and the over-the-counter and prescription medicines you take for each one. Finally, think about the vitamins and herbal products you take to stay healthy.
Below is an example of a form you can use to help organize your medicine list.
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