Carolyn's Collection

Medications for COPD
part two
Hi Everyone
I ran across this looking in some of my folders and realized it was something we hadn't touched on in a long while so I am going to share this with you.  Of course for some of it Computers help out but Humans run the computers so we shouldn't take anything for granted.   
Thank you Ardie and Steveo.

Take Care
Carolyn Mi

Now that we looked closer at our medications, there are some guidelines for using them properly.  This was posted earlier by our friend Ardie in Florida. I'm sure she won't mind my sharing it again with you. Enjoy.

This is a Medication Checklist of info I received when I started Pulmonary Rehab eight years ago. After going over it again for the umpteenth time these past years, I thought maybe it might be beneficial to all.

1. All medications should be clearly labeled!
>Every time you take medication, check to make sure you have the right one. 
>Check the dose to be sure you are taking the right amount. 
>Never increase the amount of medication because you think you need more. (This can lead to dangerous problems.)
>Call your doctor or nurse if you feel you need more medication. 
>Don't skip a dose.
>Take all medications for the ordered length of time.

2. Don't take "over the counter" medications without asking your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. These medications may be harmful when taken with the medication your doctor has ordered for you.

3. Never take other people's medications or give yours to someone else.

4. Carry an identification which lists your diagnosis and all your medications. If you have to go to the hospital or see a new doctor or pharmacist, you can bring your identification list which shows all medications you are taking.

5. If you are taking any prescription medications, you should see your doctor regularly. Your doctor may need to change your medication or dosage depending upon his findings.

6. If your doctor orders a new medication, show your pharmacist a list of all your medications. This will insure that all your medications can be taken together safely.

7. Never start a medication that you had taken for a previous illness. Check with your doctor or nurse first.

8. Check the expiration date on all your medications. Get rid of all old medications and be sure that children or pets will not be able to find the discarded medications.

9. Keep all medications in a safe place, out of the reach of children. Keep all containers (bottles) tightly closed to prevent loss of strength. Medications are best stored in a dark, dry place (not in the bathroom).

10. Make out a schedule to remind you when to take your medications. If you need help, ask your doctor or nurse.

11. If you have a medication at home that has changed color, check with your pharmacist before taking it.

12. If you have your prescription refilled and it comes in a different color, ask the pharmacist about it.

13. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if there are any special instructions for taking each medication.

Hope this bit of info will help. Sometimes we need to review as we get so complacent and "just don't think".
But, then again, maybe that is just me!