Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Remember to Update Your Medication List

Hello Everybody,

I am feeling so much better these days and I have been working on staying positive and motivated. I thought I would remind everyone to update their medication list. If you have a notebook where you can divide sections by topic, one section should include medications taken, doctors, emergency contacts. etc.

What information is the best?

- The name of the medicine and what it is suppose to do.
- How and when to take it and for how long.
- What foods, beverages, other medicines and activities to avoid while taking the medicine.
- Potential side effects and what to do if they occur.
- What to do if you miss a dose.
- Proper storage instructions.
- Update your calendar to include when prescriptions should be filled.
- Name, address and phone number to pharmacy.

Special Notes:

- Allergies
- Medications you are allergic to
- Immunizations (current list)
- Emergency Contact Information

Add a calendar section for appointments and prescription refills. A calendar can help when you are on a budget and have to make sure you have money available to refill scripts. Good luck and please try my tips.

Always remember that Pharmacists not only prepare your medication, they are there to answer questions you may have. They can also offer computerized records of all your purchases for insurance or income tax purposes. Don't be shy, ask for the list.

An updated journal will help you and your family stay informed. I know it isn't easy, but that extra effort will allow you to start taking control of your health.

I hope and pray everyone has a pain and fatigue free day.

7 comments:

timethief said...

Great practical wellness tips for taking care of your physical, emotional and mental health and staying motivated.

Fibro Viv said...

Hello Timethief,

Thank you for your comments and for viewing my page.

theBluesman said...

We are stuck with the never ending list of medication ya. I've a similar problem about updating my wife's list of medication. BTW did you ever read a book called "What Your Doctor Doesn't Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You" written by Ray D. Strand M.D. (search the net at Amazon). Doctors are trained to treat disease with drugs. By the time we are diagnosed with disease, we may already be missing out on the healthy, vibrant life we deserve. This book talks about showing the simple steps we can take to protect our health both now & into the future and even reversing the damage done. Take care.

Fibro Viv said...

Hello theBluesman,

Thanks for the information about the book, I will look it up. I agree doctors seem to only treat with drugs.

Based on changes in what I eat and drink without doctor's orders I have been able to control IBS symptoms and even my asthma. I have slowly progressed on my CFIDS/FMS, but have faith that too will improve.

alyson said...

Thanks for the reminder! I am in need of an update.

Bryan said...

Honeslty i haven't done this maybe i should start doing to this in case my doctor would need it. Thanks for reminding.

Fibro Viv said...

Hello Bryan,

Yes, I think it is a good idea. It will help you, your family, your doctor and God forbid any visits to the hospital.

Glad I reminded everyone:) Thank you for stopping by my site:)