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A question for the masses...

I am taking an anti-seizure medicine. I am not taking it because I am epileptic, however. The medicine bottle states that I should wear some sort of identification stating that I am taking this medicine. Now, do they really mean that I should be wearing it if I am taking this medicine at all, or do they just assume that, if you are taking this medicine, you are epileptic, and should be wearing some sort of something identifying you as such?

Did that make any sense?

Basically, I'm wondering if I have to run out and make a, "Hi, I'm taking Primidone" bracelet.
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I would check with a doctor or read the contraindications for the medication.
withdrawal bad?
Is it a medication which may cause you serious problems if you suddenly stop taking it?
I have had steroid treatments in the past which caused me to be given a little card to carry that shouted "THIS PERSON IS UNDERGOING STEROID TREATMENT WHICH MUST NOT BE SUDDENLY TERMINATED OR ALTERED" or something similar. It was a one-off steroid injection, but there are rules and they had to be followed, apparently - of course, some steroid treatment must be changed or stopped slowly to avoid serious trouble.
Re: withdrawal bad?
Yes, such as prednisone, a steroid commonly given to treat really bad cases of poison ivy, or my cat's asthma, or any other serious inflammation. It's really not a good idea to abruptly stop a course of prednisone. You're supposed to wean off it gently over time.
There are also some medications that will cause *serious* problems if combined, so in the case of an accident they would want to know you are on XYZ so they don't combine it with PDQ and end up making things worse rather than better.

I would write down what you are taking on a bright colored card and put it at the top of your wallet or in the front of your purse if you carry one with you with your ID even if you don't get a bracelet, just to be sure. :)

They really mean you should be wearing something saying that you're taking this medicine at all. Any medications you're taking could change the way medical practitioners treat you, in case of an accident. The things emergent care professionals check (or are supposed to check) in any kind of emergency are your past medical history, your meds, and your allergies. If you're not conscious and can't tell them your history, but they can find some evidence of medications, they'll have some idea what they might be dealing with healthwise. People with serious allergies to medications should have medic alert tags for the same reason. It would suck to injure or even kill you in the process of trying to save your life.

I don't know much about primidone, but my best guest at why they've labelled it the way they have is that it contains something that might conflict harmfully with other medications or treatments.

(FWIW, the use of an anti-seizure med might give a healthcare worker without additional information the wrong idea about your medical history, but this is one reason I recommend carrying a card around with you that has your name, your birthdate, your contact info, your social security number, your health insurance info, your doctor's name, your In Case Of Emergency contacts, your list of medications, your allergies, and your past medical history. A lot of older people with chronic health problems have begun to get organized like this, and keep these lists on their refrigerators or other easy-to-access places, but I'd recommend it for anyone.)
Re: The rest is good, but...
A lot of people have Medicare and Medicaid in addition to or instead of other insurance. Your social is part of your account number in those cases. Also, many organizations use your social to keep track of your medical history, like it or not. If you personally object to the use of a number to identify you, feel free to leave that out. Me, I'll leave it in so that the people who make $7 an hour hauling my ass into an emergency room don't get reamed by their superiors for not filling out their paperwork.
I'll second the Medic Alert bracelet. I'm a bit leery of carrying around quite as much information on a card as suggested. It's already bad enough having your wallet swiped without giving the bad guys even more information -- especially when that information can lead the right person to easy identity theft and access to your medical records. Securty or convenience; pick one.
I would ask your doctor. It might be an assumption, or it might have a horrible effect when combined with another medication, especially one (like codeine, epinephrine or something like that) they might give you in an emergency situation, thus making an ID bracelet pretty vital.