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Medications are an important part of your recovery and your continued health and well being. Every medication your doctor orders for you is important.

  • Know the name and dose of each medication you take, this includes vitamins, herbals and non-prescription medications.
  • Take all medications exactly as prescribed
  • Keep a current list of all your medications, the dosages, and how often you take them. Carry this list with you and update it as often as needed.
  • Know the common side effects of all your medications. If you do not know what they are, ask your nurse, physician and/or pharmacist for a list
  • Take all medications exactly as prescribed
  • If you miss a medication dose:
    > take it as soon as you remember
    > if it is almost time for the next dose, skip it and return to the regular schedule
    > do not take a double dose of medication
  • Report any side effects to your doctor
  • Do not stop taking a medication unless specifically directed to do so by your doctor

Last Updated: 7/19/2011