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Unread 06-08-2002, 08:54 AM
Forget to ask a ??

I forgot to ask a question either at the doctor's or the hospital. Do I need to take my rx's with me?? I take several anti-depressants, celebrex, zantac, etc.

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Unread 06-08-2002, 08:58 AM
Hi Robin

Usually you do not need to bring your own pain meds in. They will provide (and control) all of your med's and dosing. I would bring a list of everything you take though (actually a couple of copies).
Also, as we have found time and time again, every hospital is different. So it is worth double checking with your doctor and/or hospital as to whether or not you should bring your own meds.
Better safe than sorry so to speak.
Best Wishes,
Unread 06-08-2002, 09:02 AM
Forget to ask a ??

I don't think you need to bring your meds with you. I was told at my hospital not to bring any meds with me. I just had to tell them what I was on and they will give me all of my meds there. I don't know if it varies hospital to hospital but I would call them to ask the policy. The hospital would be the one who would know. Worst case senario is bring them and ask at admitting you can always send the meds home with a family member if they are going to be providing them. Under no circumstances take any meds without letting them know. They will be giving you meds and you don't want a drug interaction that could be deadly. I was even told not to bring over the counter meds like gas x they said if I needed it, it would be provided for me. I wish you all the luck for a speedy recovery. I am going in on Wednesday and I can't wait for the day to get here.
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Unread 06-08-2002, 02:54 PM
Forget to ask a ??

If you do bring your own medications to the hospital and plan to take them there, it is extremely important to let your doctor, and your nurses, know. They may ask you to send those meds home.

I'm a retired RN. The hospitals where I worked always sent medications from home back home, for the patient's safety.

Medications which you take at home can interact with the medications you receive in the OR, or other medications you receive in the hospital. You may not even be aware of the medications you receive in the operating room.

Please don't risk your health by taking medications your doctor doesn't know you have in the hospital.

Best wishes,
Unread 06-08-2002, 03:03 PM
Excellent topic...

I hadn't even thought to ask this,.. I just automatically packed extra of my meds into my hospital bag, enough for my expected 3 day stay,... I'm on Synthroid. Maybe I'll give them a call too, and see if I should still bring them or not.
Kudos on asking this question........... !!!
Unread 06-08-2002, 07:43 PM
Forget to ask a ??

This didn't apply to me but when myhusband was in the hospital to rule out a heart attack he got a massive headache and we asked for some excedrin because he is allergic to Tylenol and they told us they didn't have any in the pharmacy. I actually had to go out to a cvs to buy some.

If you are on meds that you need have your significant other bring them with him/her and bring them back home if not needed. That way it's one less stress while your there.
Unread 06-08-2002, 08:36 PM
Forget to ask a ??


I was in the castle in January when they thought I was having a stroke. I, too, take Synthroid as well as Aciphex. I also use some topical antibiotics for boils & acne. The doctor made sure I received my Synthroid & Aciphex daily while the cosmetic stuff he didn't worry about. Just make sure that your doctor is aware of everything you take regularly. If he feels it is necessary for you to take it during your stay at the castle, he will place a standing order for it. Don't risk taking something they aren't aware of because it may interact with other meds they are giving you & cause complications.

Unread 06-08-2002, 09:44 PM
Forget to ask a ??

A quick call to your DR is a good idea. I take prozac, and I know how it is if I miss a day taking it. My DR told me that I could bring my own, although I couldn't take the morning dose (I take 2 a in the morning, one in the evening). She did say that if I didn't bring mine, that they could give me some while I was there. DRs are so different, as are hospitals and their policies.

Unread 06-09-2002, 04:09 AM

I was told to bring my own blood pressure meds, which I ended up not having to take. At 17 days post op, I still haven't had to take them and no one knows why! LOL
Anyway, I was told to bring my own and if I had needed them they would have sent them down to the hospital pharmacy to have them "verified". You have to remember that in a hospital setting, one pill can cost you as much as your own entire bottle of pills! I also snuck in Gas-X and am glad I did. It took the nurse EIGHT hours to verify with the DR that I could have it. I took it as soon as I needed it. Every hospital is different though.
Unread 06-09-2002, 04:48 AM
Forget to ask a ??

Wow, I thought I knew the answer to this, but Tracy surprised me. As a nurse, I have worked in several hospitals. I have never heard of any hopsital that would allow you to use your own meds unless it was some very unusual med that they did not carry.

Every hopsital I have ever worked in has maintained that strict policy. It is so much more work to verify that each and every pill is what it is supposed to be, that I just can't imagine them using your perscription.

So, yes check with your hospital.


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