What do you know about the medications you’re taking?

Do you take one or more prescription medications? How about over-the-counter drugs or supplements? On any day of the year, you can always count on the physicians and nurses at Los Robles Regional Medical Center to provide sound medication guidance.

Taking multiple medications
Many people take multiple medications. This presents the possibility of drug-drug interactions, which occurs when one drug interacts with another.

Adding to the problem is the fact that many patients are prescribed drugs by different physicians. As an example, your cardiologist might prescribe a blood thinner and an Emergency Room doctor might recommend aspirin. These two drugs can interact with each other and potentially cause excessive bleeding.

Whenever you’re prescribed a new drug, ask the prescribing provider to make sure it won’t interact with your current medications. You can also ask the pharmacist to double-check for potential interactions when you pick up your medications.

Keeping track of your medications
It’s easier to inform your providers of the medications you’re taking when you have them all written down. If you need to go to the Emergency Room, the stress of the situation might cause you to forget about a medication you’ve taken recently.

Write a list of all of your prescribed medications, over-the-counter drugs and supplements. Make a note of the dosage strength and how many doses you take each day. Update the list whenever your routine changes.

Watching out for potential side effects
The pharmacy can provide you with information about side effects to watch out for. Read this information carefully each time you start taking a new medication.

Call your doctor if you do experience any bothersome side effects. He or she may adjust your dosage or prescribe a different drug.

Los Robles Regional Medical Center invests in the latest medical technology to give our patients the best possible outcome. But beyond our high-tech approach, we’re also committed to providing compassionate care delivered by providers who are genuinely concerned for your health and safety. For general healthcare questions, contact a registered nurse in Thousand Oaks at (877) 888-5746.

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