Do not keep medications at your bedside, including over-the-counter products. (There may be exceptions to this, ask your nurse for clarification). For safety, we encourage you to send any medications home with your family. If this is not possible, your nurse will store your medications, prescribed and otherwise, in a locked container outside your room. When you are released from the hospital, your nurse will review discharge instructions for medications with you.
Make sure all of your doctors know about every medicine you are taking (including herbal supplements and over the counter medications). Please inform hospital staff about any allergies and adverse reactions you have had to medicines. Ask for information about your medicines in terms you can understand before you receive them. Ask your nurse immediately if you have questions about the medications you are being given.