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What is the one thing that nearly everyone coming to the hospital has in common? Medications. We all take them. And carrying a list of all the medicines you take may save your life.
Your medicine can keep you well, ease your pain, and even save your life. But it can also hurt you. That's why it is so important for all of your healthcare providers to know about every single medicine you take. This includes prescription medicine, non-prescription medicine, alternative medicine and even dietary supplements.
What can you do to prevent problems with your medications?
Make a list of all your medications. Include a description of what each medication is treating, the strength of the medication, how often you take it, and the name and number of the doctor who prescribed it. Share that list with your doctors, pharmacist and other healthcare providers.
Martha Jefferson offers a free Personal Medicine List card that you can carry in your wallet. If you'd like a card, e-mail us or call us at (434) 654-7009 or 1-888-652-6663. Make sure you have a card for each member of your household. We can send you as many as you need. You can also click here for a PDF you can print, if you'd prefer to make a card on your own.
How do you use your Personal Medicine List?
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