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Quick! Do You Know Your Meds?

Here is a frequent refrain in health provider's offices, "I don't know the name of the medication but it starts with the letter M." Or, "I don't know the name of it but it is a little white round pill." None of these are helpful for a healthcare provider who is pressed for time but wants to give you the best care. Help them to help you.

If you don't want to take all your medications to every visit with your healthcare providers then try one of these tips instead:

1. Take a clear pic of the label and save it to your phone 2. Keep the medication information leaflet that comes with your meds. It has all the information you need. 3. Have a small book where you record your medication details. 4. Store your information on online and cloud platforms for example, with google drive, dropbox or web applications specific to medical information storage. When you get to your healthcare provider's office simply access it from your phone or tablet. 5. Ask your pharmacist for a list of all your meds. You can also request it from your healthcare providers for comparison. Keep this list handy.

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