Why should I keep a medication list if I have diabetes?

Dr. Jack Merendino, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
There are several reasons to keep a medication list. For one thing, studies show surprisingly poor communication between physicians and their patients regarding medications. Maybe the doctor thought she said to take the pill twice a day, but you understood it to be once a day. And if, like most people, you see more than one doctor, you're probably the only one who knows what they've all prescribed. Last, medical records are often incomplete or inaccurate. Your list can set things right.
Include the name of each medication, the tablet or capsule strength, how many tablets or capsules you take, and when you take them. Update the list every time there is a change. If you take insulin, indicate what type, how many units, and when you take it. Be sure to also include any over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or supplements you take.
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