List of Medications
What to include in a List of Medications (drugs)
- All the medications you are currently taking (name, dosage, how often)
- Include the name and dosage of over-the-counter remedies, herbal supplements and vitamins.
- Medications you recently stopped taking (with a notation showing the date you stopped. Include drugs that were not effective as well as those that were.)
- Your blood type
Keep the list up-to-date, including when you start and stop all your medications.
Why keep a List of your Medications
- Each time you see a doctor, you can provide an easy-to-read list of the medications you are taking - providing the doctor all the information she or he needs in the shortest amount of time. A List Of Medications is one of the techniques to help maximize your limited time with a doctor. (To learn more, see: How To Work Effectively With Your Doctors).
- If you carry a copy of the list with you at all times (as is recommended), it will be available in case of an emergency - even if you are unable to communicate.
- You can show it to the pharmacist each time you obtain a new prescription or over-the-counter drug to be sure there is no adverse interaction between the various drugs.
- The List can be useful when crossing international borders to help explain drugs you carry with you.
- When considering whether to resume taking a drug you used to take, a List can serve as a reminder about side effects, if any, as well as whether there are directions about how to take a drug (such as on a full stomach).
How To Create Your Own List Of Medications
AARP has created a free, easy-to-use mobile app that helps manage your prescription drug information. Rather than type information, you can take a smartphone picture of your prescription bottles and the app will automatically record the drug name, dosage, pharmacy and refill schedule. If anyone wants to see a list of your meds, you can just hand over the phone. The app is known as AARP Rx. You can download it free at aarp.org/rxapp.
If you have a smart phone, another alternative is to take a photo of the label of each of your prescriptions.