WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Keep a complete, dated list of the medications you take and bring it to your doctor for a ‘medication checkup’. Remember that ‘medications’ mean the prescriptions that you get from your doctor, as well as those non-prescriptions drugs, pain relievers, herbal remedies and other treatments you get at the pharmacy or market. To print a copy of a handy purse-sized form that you can use for this purpose, download this checklist now.
- Report any new symptoms to your doctor right away, who will help you decide if the symptoms are side effects caused by the medication.
- Always take medications as directed. It’s easier to keep track of your medications - which ones to take and exactly when to take them - if you use a medicine organizer, a medicine dispenser, or ask your pharmacist to dispense your medications in a blister pack.
- Combine all your prescriptions with a single pharmacy. That way, your pharmacist can more easily review your medications and communicate any concerns he or she may have with your doctors. Together, they might decide to try changing one or more of your medications, dosages, etc.