When you have a chronic illness or mental illness the most common form of treatment is medications. Sometimes those medications can either interact with other medications you take or should not be taken at all because of other illnesses. It's important to be knowledgeable about what medications you are taking and also do your own research your medications. This includes old ones and any new ones prescribed.
We all see commercials on television for different medications and they list possible side effects. They also say talk to your doctor if you experience this or that. My favorite part of those commercials is when they say don't take (Name of medication) if you are allergic to it or any of the ingredients in it. I talk back to the television and say gee thanks! I would have never thought of that if you hadn't told me!
It is very important though to discuss with your doctor any new medications they want to prescribe. This is especially true if you see several different types of doctors. Recently I discovered an antidepressant my husband's doctor prescribed for him says not to talk it if you have a history of blood clots, heart disease etc. Yes, he has all of those! Did you know that being prescribed the wrong medications, or ones that do not interact well with others you are already on, is a form of medical malpractice?
Our medical providers are there to help us to feel better when we are sick. They are only human though and mistakes do happen. My husband never knows what medications he takes. His answer when asked is always “I don't know, ask my wife”. That's the wrong answer by the way.
When either of us is prescribed a new medication, I ask questions in the doctor's office before we even leave. I ask if this will have any side effects with the other medications we are on. When we see our specialists, the nurse will ask us what medications we are on but I've experienced many times that the doctor doesn't even bother to read over the chart or the nurse's notes before they come into the room to examine us.
This is why it's important to research your medication on your own.
I'm not rude enough to google the medication in front of the doctor but I do ask questions. When we get home, I will google the medication and look at the possible side effects, and interactions with other medications. Yes, medications come with a pamphlet from the pharmacy. Have you ever tried to read that fine print? It's next to impossible to read. This is why I do the research on my computer where I can see the information where I can read it. I will also do the research on our medication on several websites to make sure the information is consistent and nothing is left unmentioned.
Having a list of your medications that you already take is important. This can help you to remember what you take to tell the nurse or to compare to when you do your own research. All medications have a name brand and a generic name. A generic name is the same thing, just generally cheaper.
We should all be an active participant in our medical care. Ask questions, discuss other options. If you don't like what one doctor says, get a second opinion. Remember to always research the medications you are currently on, or prescribed in the future.