Medication chart templates typically include the names of prescription and over-the-counter medications, daily dosage amounts and the specific time of day to take medications, according to the Pharmaceutical Journal. Medication chart templates may also include descriptions or images of medications, medical warnings or risk notations, and medication uses.
To create a medication chart, patients list medications in order by the number of daily doses on the left side of the chart, explains the Pharmaceutical Journal. For example, patients can list morning medications at the top of the list, then medications taken twice a day, and so forth. Patients list meal times across the top of the chart to highlight the specific times when medications should be taken.
In addition, medication charts identify which medications may be taken at the same time each day to reduce the number of dosing times, notes the Pharmaceutical Journal. Medication charts can also list potential side effects of medications, such as drowsiness. By listing side effects, patients can plan daily activities accordingly without risking injury to themselves or others.
Medication chart templates allow patients to update charts with new medications and dosages as necessary. Patients should bring medication charts to physician appointments to reduce any medical risks, suggests AARP.