In this health video learn the best way to keep track of all the different medication you may need to take.
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Male Speaker: Taking more than one prescription medication is common today. Most people need more than one medication to treat their disease or have more than one condition that needs to be treated, that's why keeping an accurate list of all your medicines is very important. Michele Weizer: By large most people see more than one physician over their lifetime or see more than one dentist over their lifetime. And so you, the person are the best keeper of all of your information because you are going to be the most responsible. Carrie L. Yuan: A patient's medication list should include the names of the medications they are taking as well as the dose and how many times a day they are taking it and any drug related allergies that they've had in the past. Male Speaker: A personal medication list should include information about all the prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements you take. You should update your list anytime a change has made to your treatment, and review it regularly to make sure you've included all the recent changes and bring a copy of your list with you. Carrie L. Yuan: They should bring this list, so that the doctor can check the doctor's list with the patient's list and make sure that was all those match up and they can also use it when they are going to the pharmacy to enquire about over-the-counter medications to ask the pharmacist if any of those over-the-counter medications interacts with any other prescription medications. Male Speaker: A medication list can be kept in a small notebook or on a special form for that purpose like the one created by pharmacist that is available free at the website safemedication.com. This website provided by the American Society of Health System Pharmacist contains many practical tools patients can use to maintain an update medication list.