Medication safety or medication reconciliation is the process of tracking all your medications to avoid potential drug-to-drug interactions or duplications. For example, did you know aspirin and Echinacea effects how fast your blood clots? If physician prescribes an anticoagulant (such as Warfarin or Comadin) your health could be at risk if the physician is unaware that you are taking aspirin or Echinacea on a regular basis.
When it comes to managing your medications, you are the only person who has complete information on the medications, as well as any vitamins, supplements or herbal remedies you may be taking.
You should keep an up-to-date list that includes:
- Prescribed medication
- Over-the-counter medications (such as aspirin, Tylenol, stool softeners, cough medicine, Tums, etc.)
- Herbal supplements
Each item should include the dosage and frequency that you take them.
How does your doctor use your medication reconciliation or medication safety list:
- Before prescribing medication, the list is reviewed to assure there are no potential drug-drug interactions or duplications.
- When you describe or exhibit symptoms, the list is reviewed to determine if your symptoms may be related to something you are taking.
- At each clinic visit, your doctor or provider reviews the list to determine if the medications taken are still needed.
- When you receive hospital services, whether emergency or planned, the list is used to assure your medication regimen is not interrupted.
- By reviewing the list with you, your health care provider can clarify any medication questions that you have.
For more information contact 563-382-2911 or review your medications with your doctor.