Be Your Own Doctor

I can never remember the name Micardis, one of the meds I take for high blood pressure . Why does that one escape me? I remember all the others, but the name Micardis doesn’t quite gel in my brain. Many times when I have to fill out a form, I always forget to list it.

I am told that is extremely dangerous, because certain meds don’t mix well with others. I could get an allergic reaction or it could even be deadly. I tried carrying around a piece of paper or even filing the names on my iPhone. I can’t remember where I put it or filed it months later. I find myself panicking while looking for the info when visiting a new doctor.

Now there is an app in your smartphone that becomes your own personal medical library. It not only records all the meds you take, but let’s you know the potentially harmful reactions between up to 30 drugs at a time including brand, generic and OTC (over-the-counter drugs).

The app is called Epocrates and it is the same exact reference material most doctors use. Now you have it at your finger tips. Epocrates also helps you review prescriptions and safety information for thousands of brand, generic and OTC drugs.

The two other features I like, and will be using more of, are ordering free drug samples and literature, and identifying a pill based on characteristics, color, shape or imprint code.

Pills always drop to the bottom of my handbag and I can’t remember if they are my antacids or my birth controls. If you are still reading this and laughing yourself silly, let me know.

7 thoughts on “Be Your Own Doctor

  1. I just installed it but it requires an account and no way to set one up. Is this for lay people or the professional edition?

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. I’ve been using this app for years now. It is one of the most invaluable apps I have sharing the home screen on my phone. I LOVE it.

  3. I will definitely download from my computer and get the app onto my iPhone ASAP. Thanks for the advice. Uh Lois are you still taking birth control pills?

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