Patient Guide

Medication Safety

Medicines might be needed at some point in your health care plan. Medicines may be used to:

  • Keep your chronic health care problems in check.
  • Keep your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol in check.
  • Treat new problems such as infections.

When used as prescribed, medicines are generally safe.

Keep a Medicine List

Keep an up-to-date medicine list with you at all times. This list should include:

  • The names and doses of all medicines you are taking.
  • The names and doses of any herbs, vitamins, and supplements you use.

Share your medicine list with your health care provider at all health care visits. Have your provider review your medicine list before issuing any new medicines. This may help reduce the risk of side effects and drug interactions.

If you need to go to the emergency room, be sure to bring your medicine list with you. The list will help health care providers provide you with the best care. 

Use the FDA's My Medicine Record to make your medicine list. This tool allows you to document your medicine names, dosage, and more.

Once complete: 
- Print the form.
- Bring the form with you to all health care appointments.

Information entered into this form is NOT stored on the FDA website or anywhere in which Lourdes can gain access. Lourdes only has access to the form and information you bring to your appointment.

Have a smartphone or tablet (e.g., iPad)?

Visit your app store to download apps to help you list your medicines and health history.

  • To help keep your information safe, be sure to read any disclaimers before installing apps. 
  • There may be a cost to download certain apps.

Don't have a smartphone?

Use your phone's camera to take a picture of your medicine list.

Using an app or a photo will allow you to carry your medicine list with you without having to carry a piece of paper.

Please Note: Lourdes cannot access your medicine list or health information from a jump drive. Jump drives pose a risk to our computers.

Read the Label

Before you leave your provider's office, read the prescription. Ask your health care provider to tell you:

  • What the medicine is for
  • How it works
  • How often to take it
  • If food affects how you take it
  • What side effects to look for

When you pick up your prescription from the pharmacy, read the label to make sure:

  • The prescription is yours.
    • Is your name and address on the label?
  • The prescription is correct.
    • If you are picking up a refill, look inside the bottle to make sure the medicine is the same as what you had taken before.
    • If it does not look as you think it should, talk to the pharmacist.
  • You understand the dosage instructions.
  • You know the warnings written on the label.
    • Some medicines can have negative interactions when taken with other medicine.
    • Some medicines may have negative interactions when taken with certain foods and drinks. 
    • Talk to your health care provider or pharmacist about any possible interactions. 

Use the  Roadwise Rx website to learn about how your medicines could affect you and your ability to drive. Type the names of your medicines and the site will give you information about:

- How they will interact with each other and with certain foods.
- Side effects that could impair your driving.

Store Medicines Properly

To avoid medicine mix-ups, keep medicine stored in its package. This can help prevent you from taking the wrong medicine. It can also prevent others from accidently taking your medicines.

Be sure to store all medicine out of reach from kids and pets. Ask any guests in your home to place bags and purses that contain medicine up where kids and pets cannot get to them.

Dispose of Medicines Properly

There are several ways to properly dispose of unwanted or unused medicines:

Procedure for Sharps Disposal at Lourdes

  1. Place needles in an appropriate container. An appropriate container may be:
    • A commercial sharps container.
    • A leak proof, shatter proof, puncture resistant container that can be properly sealed.
    • A laundry detergent container or a bleach container with a screw top.
    • A metal can with a plastic cover securely taped.
  2. Bring the sealed container to the Lourdes outpatient lab. The lab is located on the ground floor of the Ambulatory Care Center just inside the new Main Entrance.
  3. The lab is open:
    • Monday - Friday: 6:30 AM - 8:30 PM
    • Saturday & Sunday: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Holidays: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  4. The sharps container will be placed into a secondary container provided by the laboratory personnel.


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