Tuesday, September 15, 2009

My Personal Medication Record

By: AARP Outreach & Service | Source: AARP.org

Get a Copy

How to get your copy of "Prescription Drug Label Made Easy":
Download a PDF
• Call 1-888-OUR- AARP (1-888-687-2277) to request a copy. Request stock number D18547.

The best way to track your medications and help your doctor and pharmacist have the most updated information is to create a Personal Medication Record. This form, available in both English and Spanish, allows you to list all the medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements, the doses, and how you take them.

While your doctor may have a list of his own, you may be seeing more than one doctor. So, it is very important for you to reduce medication risks and bring your updated personal record to all of your appointments and even provide a copy to the pharmacies you use.

Follow these tips:

Make copies of your personal medication record

• Give one to your doctor, one to your pharmacist, and one to a loved one.

• Carry one with you and keep a copy at home.

Keep your personal medication record updated

• Make a note if you are taking new medications or stopping medications.

• Record any drug allergies, side effects, or sensitivities you have

How to get a personal medication record:

• Download a MS Word document to complete electronically.

• Download and print a PDF in English to complete by hand.

• Download and print a PDF in Spanish to complete by hand.

• Order a printed copy.

• Call 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277) to request a copy:

• Personal Medication Record (English): Request stock number D18358

• Personal Medication Record (Spanish): Request stock number D18396

How to fill out record

Prescription drug labels are confusing to read. Our guide, "Prescription Drug Label Made Easy," explains the information and can help you fill out a personal medication record. In addition, AARP's article, Over-the-Counter Drug Fact Labels, explains how to read over-the-counter drug labels. When completing the Personal Medication Record, it's important to list any over-the-counter medication you are currently taking on this form.

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