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August 13, 2020: SafeMedicationUse.ca Newsletter - Hospital to Home: Know Your Medications before You Leave

Heading home after a hospital stay can be overwhelming. An important part of going home safely is understanding your medications before you leave the hospital. Your previous medications may have been changed or stopped, or a new medication may have been added during your hospital stay. SafeMedicationUse.ca received a report from a consumer whose blood pressure medications were changed while she was in the hospital. However, she did not know about all the changes, and neither did her community pharmacist. After a few days of taking her medications, including the ones that were supposed to be stopped, she felt very weak. Her blood pressure dropped so low that she had to be taken back to the hospital in an ambulance. Read more …