I'm lead to believe by allot of questions that people don't know what they can find out on the label and all those little stickies. You will find the brand name, generic name, directions on taking it, manufacturer, dr, expiration date, pharmacy info and the initials of the pharmacist who filled it. The stickies will have warnings about the med, or how to take it, or what to avoid. There is allot of info there if we just read it. Those papers that come with every med in this country also have important info, so read them, every time you get a refill.
I have been paying close attention to the manufacturer of my generic welbutrin. I've been getting a different one very often. Some do not work! I've contacted my pharmacist, and he tells me that they are at the mercy of the warehouse as to what is sent. I'm not very happy about it
Hi Kaismama you are so right i used to have all the stickers,pictures of the medication and a verbal with the customer and was called so much but then again I would also tell my customers when they would call is it's okay if it does not look the same always call just to make sure if they were in dought..only because some never get it they don't even take the info out of the bag..And i do believe this helped to make sure no errors because there are always those few that don't have a clue..as you know my very smart lady what happened to you should have never happened on the tramodol, I pride myself in 44 years or close to my knoleage i made about a handful of errors and i can remember each one and thank GOD IT WAS stupid things light right drug wrong strenght i am a true VIRGO and most the pharmicist i worked with i was very good with errors so i was the one for the final check after they got done giving th okay and you would not belive the errors i would find.
Where like in any trade there is good and bad pharmicist when we talk sometime im sure we would have alot of laughs,,, But i let one pharmicist GO because his errors were so bad, And he was bipolor but he would not even take his meds right..okay i guess i said about all i can PLEASE ALL OF YOU NO QUESTION IS STUPID when it comes to our health and i can not thank you enough for helping all the great people here Kaismama you are a angel..And i have a very good feeling that you were fantastic in your trade dear..your friend Chuck1957
hope you had a good Valentines day my sweet friend I love the way you put it like you see it..thanks for you help..Chuck from Portland,Oregon... God Bless you.
I keep a running list of my meds with all pertinent info that can be printed. I also keep a running list of all my major procedures (blood tests, mamo, x-rays, flu shots) along with the dates of my surgeries. I use a spreadsheet format and keep a copy of both with me. This is so much easier to hand over to your Dr. or when you see someone new. The Drs assistants appreciate a printed readable list that they can keep. Saves time for new issues which you should also have on a list one for the Dr and one for you to go through and discuss. Put your most important questions or issues 1st. and keep it to 2 or 3 things. If you have more issues make another appt for follow up to first problems and the other ones.
Good evening Kaismama, Thank you for your wealth of info. You mentioned a bracelet with flash drive and med info inside. Where did you get that or is it something you designed? My mom was a nurse for 40 yrs also and went out on disability. She always said the nurses knew more than a lot of the Dr.s because they were the ones who took care of the pts. I remember her getting ready in the morning for work. White starched dress, white hose, shoes and starched white cap on her black hair. Those were the days when you knew who the nurses were. Now everyone looks alike in the hospital. Take care and again thanks for the info.
I read and re-read and research! I also keep a list of meds,conditions,labs procedures for doctor appts and any emergency situation that may arise.It is much more reliable than the memory or in case of not being able to respond.
When it comes to research-don't just google any info-be sure to go to reputable sites such as the Lupus Foundation,American College of Rheumatology,National Institute of Arthritis,Scleroderma Foundation,etc... and of course Drugs.com.
We do need to educate ourselves about the medications we put in our bodies-weigh the benefits/risks according to the specific illness/reason for taking it and as always talk to your doctor. Be sure you understand and ask ?'s if U don't.
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