I carry a List of all Medications and Supplements

MewElla
By MewElla Latest Reply 2012-07-03 09:40:49 -0500
Started 2011-03-29 17:57:03 -0500

This is handy for all dr, pharmacists, dieticians or hospital visits. It can be helpful in an emergency. Include supplements and over the counter remedies you regularly take. Next to the name of the medicine or supplement, include the prescription date, why you take it, the doseage and how many times a day you actually take it.


35 replies

draco59
draco59 2012-01-24 20:26:56 -0600 Report

I know this was posted awhile back, but I still want to put my 2 cents in. I also carry a copy of my meds., that include my supplements to, but just dosage and time I take them. I don't list times of supplements, I just take them at various time with my other meds. I also carry a copy of my current months BS and BP, also the average for the previous 6 months, at least.

JoleneAL
JoleneAL 2011-06-24 16:14:31 -0500 Report

I have an app on my Blackberry called "JaredCo's I.C.E. App Its free in the app store. It sits on my front screen and you can enter all your emergency contact info, doctor, pharmacy, etc. I also wear a bracelet and have an RX charm on my key chain. The one thing I wish I could find is a window cling for the car that says "Diabetic On Board"

purple1900
purple1900 2011-06-15 14:53:45 -0500 Report

I have a medic alert bracelet I ordered on the internet. I am assigned a member number that when given to the operator gives them all my info. Emergency contact medical conditions, meds and dosages. I have a profile online that I can update at anytime if a med changes or the dosage changes. It does cost me $35 a year for the service but to me it is very well worth it because I have more than just diabetes. My bracelet I wear has the most important info engraved on it that an emergency responder would need to know right away

berrykins0
berrykins0 2011-06-15 14:09:14 -0500 Report

i wear a medical bracelet with my meds and my id who i am.it even has a place for shots i have.a place for in case emergancy information who to call.primary doctors name to.i prefere the bracelet way instead.the braceletas a strip paper to write information on it by the way. can be updated by a new strip if needed. it comes with extra ones.

sjcuteangel
sjcuteangel 2011-04-22 13:39:25 -0500 Report

I keep my copy from medicare (CMS)that they send me stating what each prescription is charged to my account and on it shows dosage who prescribe it and all other pertainent info on it and all I do is put it in my purse. No more hassle involved !

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-22 11:25:54 -0500 Report

Good suggestion Mew! For the past 4 years I have kept a list on the computer of all my RX's all my supplements, if I have taken them for less than 6 months, they are in bold, with the annotation at the bottom. They also list the dosage, frequency and the reason. This paper also has my PCP and my emergency contact numbers. One is on our side side, one in my truck, one in my wife's CRV, one in my bosses desk and on my cell phone for the emergency info, it tells whoever where to find the sheet in my truck. I do my best to bring a copy to any medical visits I have including hospital, PCP, dentist, eye care or any specialist that I see.

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-04-22 10:48:20 -0500 Report

I print all my med information on two sides of a usiness card which I always carry in my wallet. I make a second copy for my daughter who is my emergency person to carry in her purse as well.

glee9349
glee9349 2011-04-22 04:55:27 -0500 Report

I always carry a typed med list and allergy list and anything majorly important and i think it has helped so much with appointments and when ambulance people who come to get me in an emergancy. This is a great idea.

lisa627
lisa627 2011-04-21 15:29:09 -0500 Report

THAT IS SUCH AN EASY N FAST WAY TO LET DOCTORS N CLINICS OR HOSP KNOW WHAT MEDS N SUPPLIMENTS ONE IS TAKING AT THE MOMENT N WHAT FOR. IT HELPED ME OUT ITS JUST NOW I HAVE TO DO A NEW LIST WITH THE NEW MEDS IM ON NOW..
THANK YOU FOR THE REPORT AND INFO..

Pynetree
Pynetree 2011-04-10 08:23:40 -0500 Report

Have done this for years…and found it life saving a few times too! But now using an E-manager Software Medical History Bracelet, by CARE. It can be plugged into any EMT's or Dr's computer provides instant access to our complete health history. Best part is even I, was able to download all info on it. Very reasonable also. Just looks like one of those rubber band type bracelets everyone has…even comes in colors.
oops…don't mean to sound like an infomercial…I am not selling these! LOL! just excited by this product.

ChristianReedy
ChristianReedy 2011-06-15 01:00:10 -0500 Report

Where do I find such a bracelet? I'm sure my team of doctors would LOVE me for this!!! :-)

Pynetree
Pynetree 2011-06-15 08:31:45 -0500 Report

Hi Christian, I got mine on line, But I've seen them at Walmarts, CVS and several other chain drugstores. Also now seeing them in catalogues. It apparently isn't as easy to download info if you are using a MAC system. But I am not good at the computer at all and I had no trouble at all on Windows. I will see if I cand find the site I got mine from. Also you can track EVERYTHING diet, exercise, meds, BG, on the SparkPeople.com site…and then print out to take to your Dr…or send it to them on line…

ChristianReedy
ChristianReedy 2011-06-16 01:13:54 -0500 Report

UPDATE: I was aimlessly looking on my iPad app store and was pleasantly surprised to find an app titled "My Medical for iPad"…SO made my day!!! I'm gonna download it when I get money to do so. Cost is $1.99. Think I'll download the app onto my iPhone too when I get it to work again. :-)

gbc43
gbc43 2011-04-10 06:00:20 -0500 Report

Great idea, I think the Medical History Braceletis would be better because of all the other info that you can put on it …
glen

runthe
runthe 2011-04-09 23:39:42 -0500 Report

It is a good idea. The clinic that I go to have medication cards that is given to the dr or nurse at every visit. They iusually make any changes if needed lilke getting new meds of changing a prescriptions. It beat having to tote all of your meds with you for every doctor visit.

Lakeland
Lakeland 2011-04-09 20:38:47 -0500 Report

I like this web site http://medfusion.net/ihealthrecord — it allows you to put in your doctors names addresses, surgeries, procedures, medications. Put as much info in as you need, dose, how often. inoculations, ect. I just print it out before I leave for an appt. especiially if it's a new physician

Ginny in CO
Ginny in CO 2011-04-09 19:02:27 -0500 Report

I am a 58 year old type 2 with 34 years in nursing. YES, put that list of meds in a computer document, keep it updated, keep a copy in your wallet and print a new document for every visit to a health care provider.

Properly prescribed and taken medications are a significant cause of death! Prescribers must know all the drugs and supplements you take. If you consult a pharmacist about over the counter products, this really helps them identify safe and unsafe items.

To reinforce the information which should be on the medication list and the best order to list it:

1. Drug name, especially if you have to use a brand versus a generic.
2. Dose or concentration (gm, mg, mcg, units, etc) of the medication form you have. If there are two numbers (5/325) it is a combination drug that may come in several combinations of different doses. Both numbers are needed.
3. Form it is: capsule, tablet, enteric coated, chewable, sublingual, extended release, eye drop, nasal spray, metered dose inhaler, nebulizer solution, cream, ointment)
4. How/where it goes into your body - by mouth, injection, infusion, inhalation, skin, rectal, vaginal.
5. Frequency you take it and when, if directed. Three times a day is different than three times a day with meals. Daily in the am or at bedtime?
6. The number of tablets, or puffs,etc. that you take each time. This can be put with #
2 and 3 as long as it is clear what the dose of the tablet is and how many are taken. It
is also helpful to the person reading the list if the order of this information is
consistent through out.
7. If you take it as needed, indicate what symptom it is prescribed to take for.
8. What disease the drug is prescribed for. In addition to being important for you to know, many drugs can be prescribed for very different reasons. If a drug you are on and a drug a doctor wants to add, have contraindications due to interactions, one or the other could be changed to allow both problems to be effectively treated without side effects or complications.
9. The doctor who prescribed and/or refills the medication.

Oxygen is a drug! It should be listed in LPM (liters per minute) and what delivery device is used - nasal cannula, oximizer, CPAP. If the LPM is increased for activity, that should also be given.

List prescribed medications first, with drugs you take regularly followed by as needed drugs (PRN) with a general estimate of how frequently you take it.
If you take a PRN drug as often as the prescription allows, put it at the top of that section.

I prefer that other supplements be listed in this order. If a doctor has prescribed something (B12, Vit D) for a diagnosis, put it in with the prescribed medications.

Vitamins and minerals.

Supplements, herbal or alternative medicine preparations (Ayurveda, TCM, Homeopathy, etc.) The contents of any of these should be listed. It can be very dangerous to take anything that does not have the contents fully disclosed. I use some of them myself and believe that there is a place for these treatments in health care. But it all comes down to chemistry, in your body. If it creates a chemical problem, you want to be able to figure out what exactly is causing it. If one of these preparations is contraindicated with a medication, you need to fully explore the benefits and risks of both to decide which is better for you.

Drug interaction screens. There have been computer programs for over 15 years. All major drug chains have them and they are usually automatic. The problem I have been seeing in specialty clinics at Univ of Co Hosp (MS and pulmonary hypertension) is when people are getting drugs from different distributors. Anyone who uses a combination of retail (local), mail order and specialty pharmacies probably is not getting all the drugs into a single data base unless your physician(s) have that capacity. Google drug interaction checker for a number of online services.

Your doctor should have current pharmacy information to call new orders in, and your oxygen supply company if you use it.

Keep in mind, chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and all kinds of others are never cured with medical care. The progression of these illnesses can only be stalled with diet, exercise, and medical treatments including drugs. Adhering to the treatment plan is up to the patient.

clj01
clj01 2011-04-21 19:57:20 -0500 Report

I too have been doing the computer generated medication list and taking with me to my doctor visits. It really helps when you are seeing a new physician for a new health problem. If kept up to date it is far better than even the best memory. Thanks to all who have replied to the original post and to the one who did the original post. I now have thoughts about how I can improve my med list.

edvel54
edvel54 2011-04-21 17:39:54 -0500 Report

I have a list of medications & doctors, but you have other good ideas. I wouldn't have thought about the oxygen. Good thing it is on your list.

pkwillhoite
pkwillhoite 2011-04-09 16:15:30 -0500 Report

I just want to say that you inspire me so much!! I have really changed a lot reading your comments and topics! My kids and all my family have noticed a big difference in me and I do a lot of what you say. Thank you again very much and from the bottom of my heart I really appreciate all the valuable information you put on here. I have nover regretted joining this group and every day I am grateful you are a friend that We all have on here!!

JACKIEROTHGEB08
JACKIEROTHGEB08 2011-04-09 14:21:28 -0500 Report

I 'VE DONE THIS EVER SINCE I WAS DIAGNOISED IN 1999… I ALSO HAVE MY DRS. NAME N NUMBER ON IT AND MY HOME NUMBER AND ADDRESS JUST IN CASE IM OUT AND ABOUT …JUST REMEMBER TO UPDATE IT WITH EVERY CHANGE IN MEDS AND I LAMINATE MINE. GOOD IDEA..

Hopieland
Hopieland 2011-04-09 13:31:09 -0500 Report

I worked in an ER and saw first hand the advantage of this. Having all your medical history and medications listed is so valuable in how fast the medical team can make an accurate DX and even save a life. Its an easy safeguard to use and could well save your life in an emergency. Ray is right, too. ID bracelets don't cut it unless they read "see medical info in purse, car, wherever. This is something I need to do myself! A person in excellent health can have a sudden medical emergency, and if unconscious, a medical team will look for any information they can find. Good job, MewElla. This is inspiring!

RAYT721
RAYT721 2011-03-29 20:22:47 -0500 Report

Awesome advice!!! My wife and I both do this. We have it on our computer and print out for all appointments whether they have changed or not. We have also noted surgeries (dates and procedures), any medical equipment (ie CPAP machine), allergies, and contact information. For our medical histories an ID bracelet won't quite do the trick. Having the list is one thing but URGENT to make sure it gets updated. These are the awesome tips and tricks from members like you, MewElla, that make the site and its members so noteworthy. Thanks for being part of our family.

Pynetree
Pynetree 2011-04-10 08:14:18 -0500 Report

I have just purchased the waterproof medical history bracelet…it plugs into your computer to put Rx's ,surgeries, Dr.'s ..etc. holds multiple family members info. I read about it on this site last month..and it was on sale! Comes in keychain form too. EMT's or Dr.'s can just plug it in…all on there. Some say that Walmart carries them too. www.MedicalHistoryBracelet.com