Stay up to date with your medications

By David Dabbs, Pharm.D.
The world of healthcare today can be a complicated place.

A different physician for different conditions, multiple medications and appointments to keep can come together to form a potential monster of a schedule to manage. Through all this it is important to keep up with your current medication regimen.

Multiple physicians treating different conditions can prescribe medications of which the other physicians may be unaware. Also, your physician could change your dose of a medication between visits and your new directions may be different from that printed on the pharmacy bottle.

Whenever you are going to an appointment with a physician or to the hospital it is VERY important to bring a list having the most up-to-date names and directions for your medications and your mediation bottles.

Also, when having your prescriptions filled or refilled, let your pharmacist know about any changes in your medications. Many times physician offices will call your pharmacy to see what you are currently taking. Keeping an up-to-date list is the best way to prevent adverse events from medications.