General Medical History

'Are you allergic to any tablets, foods or medicines?' Record what they tell you and remember this for what treatment they may receive.

'Are you currently taking any tablets or medicines, including any tablets not prescribed by your doctor?' Record any regular medicines: this is important, as some health food products, for example St John's Wort, will potentiate other medicines. If you get the names of medications used in specific conditions you may need to amend your previous entries - for example, lithium usually indicates a psychiatric condition - clarify with the client.

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