Know Your MedsMay 18, 2011
The collection of plastic containers has gathered in the corner of the kitchen counter, some are white, many are orange and others are green. Your eyes scan the yellow highlighted labels; instructing you to a variety of requirements, “Drink plenty of water,” “Take two pills, three times a day,” “Do not operate heavy machinery,” “Take with food.”
Even though you’ve been on your meds for days, you still double check your labels every morning. You still stop as the questions begin to run through your head…When was the last time you took your meds? Is this pill daily or as needed? Have I eaten? Do I need to pick up the kids?
This is the scenario that many patients experience. The reality is as people get prescribed more and more medications it gets more and more confusing to follow each medication’s guidelines and regiments. There are no age or gender biases with medicine management, anyone can be effected. For this reason, patients need to know their meds and more importantly feel comfortable enough with their health care providers to ask questions.
Before leaving the pharmacy it’s important to have a clear understanding of a medication’s instructions. Patients should be counseled on every newly prescribed drug. Some pharmacies like Long Beach Memorial’s offer direct phone lines for patients to contact a pharmacist if they ever have any questions, concerns or issues.
Tips to knowing your meds:
Tips for managing multiple meds:
Never doubt your confusion with your meds. If you don’t understand your meds, feel effects from taking your medications or have any concerns contact your medical provider or if it’s serious call 9-1-1.
Long Beach Memorial Expands Pharmacy Services Long Beach Memorial pharmacy services are conveniently located on campus for patients, staff and the community. The pharmacy services include: free local delivery, free mail order, medical supplies, nutritional products and online services. You do not need to be a patient or discharged patient to receive great pharmacy care and services - anyone can take advantage of the services offered by Long Beach Memorial pharmacy. Major credit cards are accepted and direct insurance billing is provided.
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