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June 17, 2020

Medication Checklist

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Healthcare Notebook 2020

12-Point Medication Checklist
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- Learn Before you start taking any new prescription or OTC/herbal supplement by speaking with your pharmacist. Before taking ANY new drug OR supplement have your pharmacist review the impact on the other meds you are taking. Medications and supplements can counteract each other & therefore should be taken at different times of the day, some with food only, some on empty stomach. Do not expect pills to do what they are prescribed for if you take them incorrectly.

- If you forget to take a single dose medication it is most often OK to take it within the current 24 hours. Do not take two the next day. If you accidentally take a prescription that is NOT yours call a pharmacist with the medication and dosage and follow their instructions. They may suggest that you call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222 1222.
If you take more than one (1) medication or supplement invest in a 7/day a week pill container. If you take meds more than one time a day get an AM/PM container. NOTE: Most pill containers are not child proof so keep out of reach of children.

- Single sourcing of medications can be a life saver. If you get online medications and other prescriptions from local pharmacy(s) make sure that you have one Go-To Pharmacist that has ALL your prescriptions and OTC /herbal supplement listed and use that pharmacist as a control source for questions before filling a new prescription or adding a OTC supplement.
Read the warning labels. It is always best to check with your pharmacist to find an OTC that is not contraindicated with your prescriptions.

-Take medications only as directed. Always take medications until the prescription is finished. Do not stop taking once you feel better and save the rest for later!

- If the cost of medications has you taking half or partial dose let your doctor know as many come in larger doses, for the same amount, that can be divided to give you the clinical support your need.

- Read the ingredients on the label. If you are taking more than one OTC, DO NOT take 2 that include “acetaminophen” for instance, that is double doses.

- Annually review expiration date on all household prescriptions and supplement, yep they do expire! Dispose of medications by bagging and dropping at any police station. DO NOT flush down the toilet or toss in trash.

- Do not share prescriptions. Your prescription may cause another person to have life-threatening results to a similar diagnosis.

- Always ask for a “starter “2-week supply of new meds before you invest in the money saving 90-day supply, that way you can be assured that the prescription will work appropriately.
If you have any allergic reaction to a medication immediately add to your list of contraindicated meds. TELL your pharmacist. Often there are whole classes of meds that may contraindicated for you and you can prevent future problems by making sure it is on your documentation and that both physician, pharmacist know.

- Drug or medication allergies happen when the body’s immune system over-reacts to a medication. Make sure to add any medications that you are allergic to on your medication list and the Vial of Life.

NC Poison Control 1-800-222-1222 www.ncpoisoncenter.org
Palmetto Poison Center 803-777-1117
American Association of Poison Control Centers 515 King Street, Suite 510 Alexandria, VA 22314 Call or Fax Us for Non Emergency Needs Office: 703-894-1858 Fax: 703-683-2812

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