Medications are an important part of your treatment.
Tell your medical provider and nursing staff about any allergies you may have. Make sure they are aware of all prescription and non-prescription medications you take, including over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin, vitamins, eye drops, inhalers and herbal supplements.
Don't hesitate to ask questions. If you are concerned that an important medication may have been forgotten, please question your care provider. If there is a difference in the shape or color or it doesn't look like what you normally take, ask why.
Bring all of your medications to each clinic visit or hospitalization. This helps to maintain an accurate medication list.
Do not keep any medications in your room for self-administration unless authorized by your care provider.
When you are ready for discharge, review your medications and allergies. Find out specifically which medications are new, changed and/or should be stopped or continued after you go home. You will receive written discharge instructions that includes a list of your medications, diet and activity instructions and follow-up appointments.