Medication History

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Important for the following reasons

  • It gives a sense of how significant underlying co-morbidities are and patient’s overall risk
  • may explain the patient’s current symptoms
  • alerts clinician to current and potential drug interactions when prescribing

Elements include

  • Drug, dose and frequency
  • Prescribed, Over the counter, Recreational and Alternative
  • Any recent changes in drug, dose or timing (both started and ceased)
  • Reasons for cessation of drug (contraindications or side effects)

 

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