I have a file on my computer that I update constantly, print out, and carry with my medical documents to, and from both the hospital, and the doctors office.
This print out contains my name, and most importantly the following information, every time that I am prescribed a medication it goes on this list with the name, the date, the dosage, and the amount to be taken daily.
I also include any vaccines that I have received such as the H1N1 (flu) vaccine, as well as the Pneumococcal vaccine, both of which I received in December.
Why do I do this?
When I am asked by the receptionist, or the doctors assistant about any medications that I take, I don't have to try to recall from memory, or carry around pills, or pill bottles for this information.
I have been praised for having such a list, and for it's neatness.
Each category is color coded, my diabetes medications are highlited in yellow, my hypertension medication in pink, my cholesterol medication in green, and prescribed pain killers are listed in red.
Any over the counter (otc) medications, or vitamin supplements are listed on the bottom of the page (it may seem like overkill, but it really isn't).
Choose your own system, but please make a list that you can take with you to your next appointment, it can make things so much easier!
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