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It is essential to obtain full details of all the drugsand medications taken by the patient. Not infrequently patients forget to mention, or forget the name of, drugs they take. Some may be over-the-counter remedies unknown to the general practitioner. The significance of others, such as herbal remedies may not be appreciated by the patient.
It is necessary to determine the precise identity of the drug, the doseused, the frequency of administrationand the patient's complianceor lack of it.
It is important to ask about known drug allergiesor suspected drug reactionsand to record the information on the front of the notes to be obvious to any doctor seeing the patient. Failure to ask the question or to record the answer properly may be lethal.
To find out about drug history, doctors ask:
Details of drugs and medications
■ Are you taking any medication at
■ Do you use any over-the-counter remedies or herbal or homeopathic medicines?
Frequency of administration Compliance
■ How many times a day? ■ Do you always remember to take it?
Side-effects and allergies
■ Do you get any side effects? ■ Do you know if you are allergic to any drug?
If the answer is Yes: What symptoms do you get after taking it?
Note the age, health or cause of death of parents, siblings (brothers and sisters), spouse (husband or wife), and children. To find out about family history, doctors ask:
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