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Your Medicine: Play it Safe. Your Health Care Team. Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals Nurses Pharmacists Use the link below for a medical record form to keep track of your doctors and pharmacy. www.mlanet.org/resources/consumers_senior/

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Your Health Care Team

  • Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals

  • Nurses

  • Pharmacists

    Use the link below for a medical record form to keep track of your doctors and pharmacy.

    www.mlanet.org/resources/consumers_senior/

    your_meds_playing_it_safe.pdf


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Play it Safe Tips

  • Give your health care team important information

  • Get the facts about your medicine

  • Stay with your treatment plan

  • Keep a record of your medicines


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1. Give your health care team important information

Tell your health care team about:

  • Prescription medication

  • Medicines you can buy without a prescription (aspirin, antacids, laxatives, or cough medicine)

  • Vitamins and dietary supplements (St. John’s Wort or gingko biloba)

    Use the medical record form below to keep track of your doctors and pharmacy.

    www.mlanet.org/resources/consumers_senior/your_meds_playing_it_safe.pdf


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Also tell your team about:

  • Medicine allergies or if you’ve had problems with a medicine in the past

  • Other doctors who have prescribed medicine for you or have suggested you take vitamins or herbal supplements

  • Other illnesses or medical conditions

  • Cost concerns


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2. Get the facts about your medicine

  • Be informed

  • Read the prescription

  • Know what your medicine is for

  • Ask Questions

    • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist

    • Write down questions before your appointment

      Use the attached medical record form to keep track of your doctors and pharmacy.


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Tips

  • Write down your questions

  • Take notes

  • Bring a friend or family member

  • Try to use the same pharmacy

  • Read and save patient information

  • Keep a list

  • Make a copy of your list

  • Use the attached form to keep track of your medications and supplements


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3. Stay With Your Treatment Plan

  • Take all your medications

  • Ask your doctor about refills

  • Tell your doctor about side effects

  • Never give your prescription medicine to others

  • Ask if you need tests to find out if your medicine is working


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Tips – You Can Get Help

  • Nurses

  • Friends and Family can:

    • Visit the doctor with you

    • Talk to a pharmacist for you

    • Call you to remind you to take your medicine

    • Keep a record of what you take and when you take it


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4. Keep a Record of Your Medicines

  • Keeping a detailed record of your medications is important to you and your health care team

  • Use the attached form to keep track of your medications and supplements

Source: Your Medicine: Play it Safe. Patient Guide. AHRQ Publication No. 03-0019, February 2003. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD, and the National Council on Patient Information and Education, Bethesda, MD. http://www.ahrg.gov/consumer/safemeds/safemeds.htm (accessed August 2, 2006.



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Medical Resources on the Web

  • Medical websites can be:

    • Valuable

    • Unreliable or have missing information

  • Some simple questions can help you know the difference between “good” and “bad” medical websites.


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10 Things to Know about Evaluating Medical Resources on the Web

  • Who runs the site?

  • Who pays for the site?

  • What is the purpose of the site?

  • Where does the information come from?

  • What is the basis of the information?


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  • How is the information selected? Web

  • How current is the information?

  • How does the site choose links to other sites?

  • What information about you does the site collect and why?

  • How does the site manage interactions with visitors?

Source: NCCAM Publication No. D142 http://nccam.nih.gov/health/webresources/, created February 19, 2002, accessed August 7, 2006.


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Health Information on the Internet: Where do I begin? Web

  • Medline Plus

  • Medline Plus: Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information

    • Maintained by the Federal Government

    • Free

    • Remember, always discuss any new information with a health care professional




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Getting a Prescription Web

Quick Tips


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Questions to Ask When You are Prescribed a New Medication Web

  • What is the name of the medicine?

  • What is it supposed to do?

  • Is it okay to substitute a less-expensive generic medicine?

  • What is the dose?

  • Are there possible side effects?

  • How many refills do I get?


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More Questions… Web

  • What should I do If I miss a dose?

  • What should I do if I accidentally take more than the recommended dose?

  • Is there any written information I can take home with me?


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Give the Doctor this information when he provides a new medication:

  • Names of all your medications

  • Any concerns you have

  • If you are allergic to any medication

  • If you have any side effects from a medication that has been prescribed to you


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Follow-Up Appointment Questions medication:

  • Any problems you are having

  • Any side effects

  • Any new prescriptions you have started taking

  • How you are feeling since you have started the medication

Source: Quick Tips – When Getting a Prescription. AHRQ Publication No. 01-0040c, May 2002. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrg.gov/consumer/quicktips/tippresearch.htm (accessed August 2, 2006)