Keep a Medication Checklist

Keeping track of your medicines is important. Making sure they are stored properly, that they have not expired, and that prescriptions are refilled requires time and attention. Also, taking a number of different medications at the same time, correctly, can be difficult. It can be hard to remember what each drug is for, when you should take it and how you should take it. However, there are simple strategies you can use to help you manage your medicines wisely.

  • Keep a checklist of all your prescription and over-the-counter medications. For each medicine, list the amount you take, the time of day you take it and whether it should be taken with food. Store two copies of the list: one on the refrigerator door or where your medications are stored, and one in your wallet or purse.
  • Review your medication record at every doctor visit and whenever your doctor prescribes a new medication. Your doctor may have new information about your medicines that might be important. Whenever possible, have your doctor or pharmacist write down advice and instructions (which may go beyond what is printed on the label) for taking each medication. Add this information to your checklist or keep it with the checklist.

Source: NIH Senior Health