Munson Health
Med Card/Know Your Medications

At Home

  • Take only medication given to you by your physician or pharmacist. Do not share other people’s medication.
  • Read the label every time you take medication to make sure you are taking it correctly. 
  • Call your physician or pharmacist if you have questions.
  • Never take medication in the dark.
  • Do not stop taking medication just because you feel better unless your physician tells
    you to stop taking it.
  • Do not take your medication out of one bottle and put it in another one.
  • Place all of your medication out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep your “Know Your Medications” card updated.
  • If you take medication daily, a compartmental medication box may be helpful.
  • Do not keep medication in your car, by the stove, or in the bathroom because heat and moisture can affect how it works.
  • Check the expiration date on all medication. Throw away all medication if the date has passed.
  • If you feel any medication is making you ill or causing pain, call your physician immediately.

In the Hospital

  • Take your “Know Your Medications” wallet card with you to the hospital, or bring all of your medications in their original bottles. Include any over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbals.
  • Tell your physician or nurse about any allergies or reactions you have had to medication in the past. Also write these on your “Know Your Medications” wallet card.
  • If you feel any medication is making you ill or causing you pain, tell your physician or nurse right away.
  • When you leave the hospital, ask your physician or nurse to clearly tell you what medication you should take and how to take them. Ask your nurse to help you update your “Know Your Medications” card.

Never be afraid to ask your physician, nurse, or pharmacist about your medications. Speak up if you have any questions.

At the Pharmacy

  • Go to the same pharmacy for all new medication prescriptions and refills. That way, the pharmacist filling the prescription will have a complete list of your medications. He or she can make sure that all of your medication works together and will not make you ill.
  • If you use more than one pharmacy, make sure each one has a complete list of your medications.
  • Ask the pharmacist the name of the medication and how you should take it. Make sure this information matches what your physician told you.
  • Make sure that any refill of medication is the same color, size, and shape. If there is any difference, ask why.
  • If you have ANY questions about your medication, ask your pharmacist.

At the Physician's Office

  • Always take your updated “Know Your Medications” wallet card to your appointment. This will tell your physician everything you are taking, including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and herbals.
  • Tell your physician about any allergies or reactions that you have had to medication in the past.>

What I Need to Know About Each Medication

  • What is the name of each medication?
  • What is it for?
  • How much should I take, and when?
  • How should I take it? With food?
  • How long should I take it?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • Are there any side effects?
  • What should I do if I have side effects?
  • Is it safe to take with other medications I am taking, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, or herbals?
  • What food, beverages, or activities should I avoid while taking it?

”Know Your Medications” Card

Pick up a “Know Your Medications” wallet card at your local hospital. Maintain your card and keep it with you at all times for easy access.

Taking an active role in your own care can help
prevent medication errors. Printable versions of the “Know Your Medications” wallet card are available: Mercy Hospital Cadillac  Mercy Hospital Grayling  Munson Healthcare

Patient Safety Questions

If you have a question related to patient safety at Munson Medical Center, please contact the Patient Liaison at (231) 935-5051 and

For questions at Kalkaska Memorial Health Center, please contact (231) 258-7541 or

For questions at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, please contact (231) 352-2265 or

Partners in Safety

  • Kalkaska Memorial Health Center
  • Mercy Hospital Cadillac
  • Mercy Hospital Grayling
  • Munson Medical Center
  • Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital
  • West Shore Medical Center