Most people have been to the doctor at some point in their lives. Many people visit a doctor on a regular basis, but far too many people remain ignorant about the medications they take and why they take them. The old adage, “Ignorance is bliss”, just does not hold true in the case of medications. It is important to manage your medications wisely. Keeping track of your medications will help you stay healthy and feeling at your best.
There are three important things to remember about your medications: Know what you take, know why you take it and always be honest with your doctor about it. Doing so will help your doctor assess your needs and treat your medical conditions accordingly.
Knowing the type of medications you take and why you take them is crucial when visiting any doctor, but especially when seeing a doctor for the first time. It is also important that you know the dosage of each drug you are currently taking. Remember, your doctor is there to help you. If you do not understand why you are taking a certain medication be sure and ask. Keeping a list in your wallet or purse makes remembering your medications simple and easy. This list should include the name, dosage, and reason for each medication. Having a friend, or family member, keep a copy of your list is also a good idea.
For instance, my list would look like this.
Levothyroxine 150 MCG for Hypothyroidism, one per day
Aleve daily as needed for joint pain
Caltrate calcium supplement, 600 mg, two daily
Being completely honest with your doctor is also very important. Many drugs can have negative interactions with other medications. There may also be certain foods you should avoid while taking certain drugs. Your doctor needs to know about all the drugs you currently take, and yes, this includes over- the- counter drugs, as well as any organic supplements and vitamins.
Keeping track of your medicatons in this way will help you, and your doctor, control your medical conditions. Knowing what medications you take, why you take them and being honest with your doctor about all of them is very important. In fact, it could make a big difference in keeping you healthy.