To give you the best possible treatment, your care team needs to know the details about all the medicines you are taking.
- Tell your doctors and nurses about all of the medicines you’re taking, including over-the-counter drugs and vitamins. Do not take any of these while in the hospital. Your nurse will give you any medicines you need.
- Tell your doctors and nurses how you react to different medicines.
- Ask your doctor about each drug he or she prescribes. Discuss possible side effects and make sure it is safe to take with your other drugs.
- Make sure your doctor writes the name of the drug clearly.
- When your nurse gives you medicine, ask him or her what it is. Make sure the medicine is for you.
- Your nurse should open all your medicines in front of you. Anytime you receive medicine, a shot or intravenous (IV) fluid, the nurse should ask for your name and birth date.
- Write down the time of day you normally take your medicine. If you do not receive it on time, call the nurse.
- When you are given an IV, ask how long it should last. If it appears to be dripping too fast or too slow, tell the nurse.