Personal Pocket Prescription Card
HAVE YOUR MEDICATION INFORMATION RIGHT AT YOUR FINGERTIPS. KNOW YOUR MEDICATIONS FOR BETTER HEALTH!
Now more than ever, patients are taking a more active role in their healthcare. Chronic diseases are on the rise as our population ages, making ongoing self-care—particularly the use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs—more critical. Are you taking your medication properly? Below are 11 helpful suggestions about using medications wisely.
- Learn about your medications. Whenever you get a new medication, make sure you know the following:
- What is the name of the drug and what is it supposed to do?
- How and when do I take it—and for how long?
- What foods, drinks, other medicines or activities should I avoid while taking this drug?
- Are there any side effects, and what do I do if they occur?
- Is there any written information available about the drug?
- Maintain a current pocket medication card.
Your card should include the medication’s name, strength, dose, frequency and reason for taking the drug. The card should include prescription medications, vitamins, supplements, over-the-counter products and natural or alternative medicine remedies. Also record any allergies you have on your prescription card.
- Read the label each time you take the medicine.
Doing so will ensure you are taking the right drug the right way.
- Never take anyone else’s prescription medication.
Also, never give your medication to others.
- Treat medications just like dangerous chemicals.
Medications should be kept out of reach of children and pets.
- Get rid of medications you are no longer using.
Dispose of all unused medication properly.
- Don’t chew, break or crush capsules or tablets unless instructed by your physician.
Some long-acting medications are designed to be taken in a specific way and can be dangerous if taken incorrectly.
- Use only the cup or other measuring device supplied with the drug when administering liquid medications.
Other measuring devices—such as household teaspoons and tablespoons—may not give accurate measurements.
- Choose a pharmacy wisely.
Your pharmacy should be able to maintain a computerized list of all your medications, allergies and chronic medical conditions.
- Inform your physician and pharmacist of any herbal or natural remedies you take.
Herbal remedies may interact or even duplicate your medications as well as cause allergic reactions.
- Call your physician’s office with questions.
If you have questions or concerns about your medication or if your symptoms worsen, talk to your doctor.
Download your Personal Pocket Medication Card.