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Medication Confusion

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I take approximately 20 medications a day. This morning I couldn't find my AM medication for my thyroid, which is the first one I take each day. I found an empty bottle where it should be and called in a refill. After calling in that refill, I realized that it was the wrong medication. I only knew that because after calling it in, I read the pill description and it was the wrong color and shape. I don't know my pills by their on bottle name, and I can't remember what half of them do.

I decided that I need a better system. Today's small goal is to take the list of medications and put them in a table by the order I take them with their name on the bottle. The next column will describe what that pill is for. The last column will have a picture of that medication. I will hang it in my medicine cabinet, one in my purse, and one in my bug out bag.

I took my emergency week supply out of my bug out bag and will get the thyroid med refilled and replace the emergency stash.
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NEW-PAMELA-BERG 12/30/2012 10:07AM

    When I took my daughter to the er recently for an asthma attack they prescribed 7different meds. I was really impressed because they gave me a folder with all the info on each of the meds and the descriptions you mentioned, in addition they gave me a short list for my purse and one copy to give to the pharmacy to make sure there were no conflicts with other meds. They even included her daily vitamin and OTC allergy meds. It's a great idea to keep a copy not only in your med cabinet, but also on you in case of an emergency away from home. Best wishes, pamela

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MIRFA71 12/30/2012 9:35AM

    This is better. You will avoid the confusion. I have also done the same thing. I have written the name of the meds and their dosage and time and kept in the medicine bag. It is very helpful.

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