Medication Safety

Question 1 Have any medications bee added, stopped or changed, and why?
Question 2 What medications do I need to keep taking, and why?
Questions 3 How do I take my medications, and for how long?
Question 4 How will I know if my medication is working, and what side effects do I watch for?
Question 5 Do I need any tests and when do I book my next visit?

Bring a complete and up-to-date list of medications provided by your pharmacist OR all medications in their original drugstore container, insulin, inhalers, prescribed creams, eye drops and non-prescription medications such as herbals and vitamins.

5 Questions to ask about your medications when you see your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

  1. Changes? Have any medications been added, stopped or changed, and why?

  2. Continue? What medications do I need to keep taking, and why?

  3. Proper use? How do I take my medications, and for how long?

  4. Monitor? How will I know if my medication is working, and what side effects do I watch for?

  5. Follow-up? Do I need any tests and when do I book my next visit?

Keep your medication record up to date. Remember to include:

  • drug allergies
  • vitamins and minerals
  • herbal/natural products
  • all medications including non-prescription products

Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to review all your medictions to see if any can be stopped or reduced.

Source: ISMP Canada