Medication – what are you taking

By Mark Magennis, 10:56 am on

Medication – Why it is it important?

There are so many prescription drugs on the market these days that people are finding themselves on a long list of medication and concoctions.

Keeping track of what you are taking or have taken in the past is very important for your health and safety .

In our day to day management of clients in both aged care and home care situations, we find many people can struggle to remember what medications they take, or why they are taking them.  We tend to rely on our GP’s knowledge and knowing what is best for us and trusting their judgement. And whilst trusting your GP is vital, it is your body and you need to know what you are on, and why you are taking them!!

Medication lists and history

For many reasons having a clear and detailed list of your medication history is helpful.

  • In an emergency it is often the first question the ambulance crew or emergency nurse will ask. Are you allergic to anything? If you are on lots of tablets unless you have the memory of an elephant or carry your medical record in your pocket you are going to struggle to remember.
  • If you’re travelling and become unwell, it will be the first question asked.
  • Your GP will use this list to work out how medications interact with each other.
  • If you visit a specialist, they will want to know what you are taking, even if they are supplements, as they can affect each person differently.

 

Notes about New medications

If you are on many medications, and at times have tried different ones, it is very useful to keep track of what you have had, if it worked well, and if you had any reaction.  This is really important if you undergo surgery.  The last thing you would want to happen is for a reaction to certain medication which may hinder your recovery process.

To keep track of your current medications you can ask your GP for a list of your current medical history and medications.

You can keep a diary or journal to keep track of all the medications you have tried in the past.  This allows you to record what you have tried and the effect it had (either positive or negative).  Keeping these records can help you avoid trying repeated medications that you have been on before and had a negative or unfavourable reaction to.  You can also keep track of natural supplements, and how these have worked for you.

Having the information about your medication at hand will help you to know your pharmaceuticals and will also help those who care for you. For carers, having a list and journal of past and present will mean one less thing to have to remember. The information is also invaluable for a home care agency if you are being supported at home, and if you attend a facility for respite care.

 

The take away message about medications

Remember it’s your body, and it is important you know what medications you are taking, why you are taking them and what they are for.

To find out how we can help you with medication prompting, call 07 3314 2575 or visit http://www.homecareassistancebrisbanenorth.com.au and send an enquiry on line.

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