How to ask patient if they are using certain drugs?

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Can I just say, are you taking any anti platelets or beta blockers?
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Can I just say, are you taking any anti platelets or beta blockers?
Or just: "Do you take any medication, what are they?"

Patients may not know what are anti-platelets or beta blockers.
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Can I just say, are you taking any anti platelets or beta blockers?
I'd ask an open question to start with and then closed questions to jog their memory and specifically confirm what you need to know. This is situation dependent, so, for example, if you were clerking someone who'd come in following a head injury:

"Do you take any medications?"

Then:

"Do you take any medications like aspirin, clopidogrel, or any blood thinners?"

Of course, patients being patients means some will tell you they take no medications at all when they're on half the BNF or try and get you to guess based on what the tablet looks like ("you know, the round white ones")
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Can I just say, are you taking any anti platelets or beta blockers?
Just ask them are they taking any medication?

TBH I usually just check their GP med list and last script date on their record then compare to what they tell me. For example-if I see they picked up a script 5 days ago then they’re probably taking it but it they last picked it up 5 months ago and only got a 30 day supply then they’re probably not taking it.
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