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Managing Your Medications

Do you have 24/7 access to the list of medications you take? Whether you carry a list on paper or prefer to track them on an app, having convenient access to your medication list helps healthcare providers understand your medical history and current treatment plan. This information is especially crucial in case of emergencies or when seeing a new doctor. It ensures you receive the appropriate care and avoid any potential drug interactions. Read on for tips on how to effectively manage and use your medication list.

  • List every prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, vitamin, supplement, herbal product and traditional cultural medicine you are currently taking.
  • List medications you have stopped taking because of allergic reactions or for other reasons, like side effects, effectiveness or cost.
  • Include medication details, including the reason it’s taken, dosage, directions and prescribing provider.
  • Bring this list with you any time you see a healthcare provider or receive health services, including your dentist and pharmacist.
  • Update this list any time you make a change to what you take.
  • Review this list with your healthcare providers to identify medications that may increase your risk of a fall or affect your ability to drive safely.