Patient Education

Medication History

 

A complete and accurate medication history is vital in any healthcare setting. It is important for a number of reasons. It helps detect and prevent prescribing errors and to identify drug- related pathology or changes in patient symptoms that could be the result of medication. An incomplete and inaccurate history can bring about an unintentional duplication of meds, drug interactions, discontinuation of long-term medications, and failure to detect drug-related issues.

 

A patient`s medication history should include any current or recently used prescribed medications, any over the counter medications, vitamins, and/or herbal supplements, along with the dosing. It is also very helpful to include compliance with medication, hypersensitivity to any medication, along with any previous adverse reactions. Hypersensitivity reactions that aren`t documented well can lead to avoidance of a medication unnecessarily.

Here are many key reasons for taking a complete and accurate medication history:

  • Reduces prescription errors that can potentially put a patient at risk

  • Limits the risks of adverse drug reactions

  • Knowing the medication a patient has taken in the past or is currently taking and the responses to those medications helps in planning future treatment

  • Medications can mask clinical symptoms

  • Medications can effect results of testing done

  • Brings down prescription cost

So please bring an up to date list of any medications (prescription or over the counter) with them to each and every office visit. This will help the nursing and provider staff in treating you effectively and efficiently.

 For more information on the importance of knowing your medication history, please visit http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2723207/

 

Tiffany F.