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Marietta, Georgia (PR) August 6, 2008 – ABC News reported, “Heath Ledger died after an accidental overdosing on a cocktail of six prescription drugs that included painkillers and anti-anxiety medication”.

While his death was tragic it should serve as a warning to everyone taking prescribed or over the counter medication. Mixing drugs or changing doses without consulting your physician could be lethal.

Maria Fernanda Gomez, MD, is an associate professor of psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She reviewed prescription drugs that caused Ledger’s death for WebMD.

“The problem is not with the medications but rather the combinations. These medications have been used for years. If they are prescribed appropriately, in proper doses, they are effective and safe, she says.

Do you keep a record of all your medicines (prescription, nonprescription, natural remedies, and vitamins)? Do you know why you take the medication you take, in what form you take it (pill, liquid, shot…), the color and shape, the dosage, any special instructions regarding the medication given to you by the subscribing physician and what time a day (am, pm) you take it?

Even if the medication is labeled “as needed” or “on occasion” your physicians need to have a complete picture of your drug therapy. Don’t forget the medications you use in your eyes, or your ears drops or even the cream used on your skin.

The MedicMinder keeps a comprehensive list of all drugs and medical history in a single source system, including contact numbers for doctors, pharmacies, insurance companies, and more. By using the MedicMinder you’ll always be prepared. You’ll be able to tell each health care provider about the drug or food allergies you have in detail. While keeping them alerted to other medical treatments you may be receiving from other providers.

In an emergency, every second counts. Seconds can mean the difference between life and death. The MedicMinder provides peace of mind for you or your caregiver – the knowledge that all pertinent medical and drug history is documented in one comprehensive, easy to use system. No second-guessing in an emergency – reach for the MedicMinder and you will be assured that vital and accurate information is at your fingertips, including contact numbers for doctors, pharmacies, insurance companies, and more.

About The MedicMinder
Simply stated, the MedicMinder is “Trusted by Caring Families.”

Diane Carter, PR Contact, http://www.themedicminder.com, Post Office Box 333, Marietta, Georgia 30061, 770-499-0127

WebMD, ABC News

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