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Write Your Painkillers Down

By May 19, 2010

Going to the hospital? You might want to bring a current list of your medications. In fact, even if you aren't planning on an admission any time in the near future, a medication list can help in the case of an emergency.

As it turns out, keeping a medication list with you greatly decreases the risk of any medication mix-ups if you happen to end up in the hospital. According to a recent study, this can help you reduce your risk of medication error by up to 50%. That's nothing to scoff at. A medication list is also handy for doctor's visits: if your doctors know exactly what you are taking, and how often, you may be less likely to experience negative drug interactions.

What should you include in your list?

  • The name and dose of any prescription you take daily
  • Any over-the-counter medications you take, even occasionally (such as Tylenol, or even Tums)
  • Other supplements that are part of your daily routine (such as multi-vitamins)

Be sure to date your list, and keep it somewhere convenient and accessible, such as a wallet or a purse. You may want to make several copies, in case one gets lost. Sure, it might be a little bit of work, but decreasing your risk of a medical error is worth it. At least, it is in my opinion.

So what are you waiting for? Go make your list!

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