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    Keep an updated medication list
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    rohvannyn posted:
    Many people we care for take a lot of medication. It is helpful, even lifesaving, to keep an updated medication list, including any supplements, on hand in case of an interaction or an unexpected ER visit.

    You can use a notebook, an Excel spreadsheet, a looseleaf binder, or whatever, but it helps to have it all on one written/printed sheet so it's portable. If you are feeling really ambitious, it would be good to keep copies of older lists for history purposes.

    Here's what needs to be on the list:

    Name of medication
    Strength
    How many taken per day
    What times taken per day
    Any special instructiosn (crush pill, no grapefruit, etc)
    Optional: what doctor wrote the prescription

    This is essential if you ever go to the doctor or hospital. It can help the doctor or pharmacist check for interactions, track side effects, or simply refill the prescriptions more easily. If the person goes off a medication, make sure it's taken off that list. This will also help a lot if another caregiver has to fill in.
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