Know Your Meds: April 19, 2019
It’s advice health experts recommend all patients follow. “Know your meds, know your allergies, know you. It’s important because we want to help guide the patients and the community in knowing more about themselves to keep themselves protected,” said Susan Mitchelson, an ambulatory pharmacist with Lee Health.
Many patients don’t know what their medication is or how it affects them. “They know it’s the yellow tablet, the pink tablet, the blue tablet, but they don’t know what it is, how it reacts in their body, what over the counter medications will interfere with those, and how it can help and impact their stays in the hospital,” said Mitchelson.
She encourages patients to keep a list of their medications on them at all times—whether it’s in your wallet, purse, or car, it’s important to be able to tell medical professionals what you’re taking and the side effects. “It’s very important to know what over-the-counter medications or homeopathic medications they are taking because that can impact the types of treatment that they are going to receive on our campuses,” she explained.
It’s also important for loved ones to be educated on what kind of medication, and how much medication you’re taking. “The more people know, the better they can help out,” Mitchelson said.
Knowing the name, amount, and side effects to your medication are all important to maintaining your health.