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Don't Only Share the Highlights of Your Pharmaceutical History
Most of us know we're supposed to tell our doctors about all the medications we're taking, but we sometimes forget about things like birth control pills, medicinal herbs, supplements and alternative therapies that may interfere with prescribed treatment.
DO make a list of everything you're taking as well as everything you were supposed to take—and didn't, says Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD, author of God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine. She says this list can provide her with valuable clues: It shows how other doctors addressed the problem, what medication the patient had trouble sticking with and what treatments seemed to work best. If you're worried about making a mistake in listing your current meds, toss the bottles into a bag and bring that with you.