One of the other important components of the history is the complete list of current medication as well as those the patient has tried in the past. For example, many elderly patients who are undergoing treatment with pain medications with anti-cholinergic side effects might present with loss of balance and, hence, increased incidence of falls (Mintzer and Burns 2000). The list can also provide insight into other medical conditions that the patient may not have revealed in the initial interview.

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