A medication list includes the name of all prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, supplements, vitamins and herbs, according to the American Pharmacists Association. It also specifies the proper dose and administration times, refill dates, patient medication allergies and the name of prescribing provider for each medication.
It is also helpful to note potential adverse effects linked with current medications. In addition, food, drink and other medications that conflict with current prescriptions should be noted on the medication list, reports the American Pharmacists Association.
A medication list is an important self-management tool to promote patient safety, notes the AARP. It helps reduce the possibility of prescription duplication and is a valuable communication aid among health care, pharmacy and patients. Individuals should carry a copy of their medication list with them at all times. An updated copy should be provided to the patient’s pharmacist and health care providers. Caregivers should also have access to the medication list to be used in case of an emergency. AARP advises keeping a copy at home as well.
Various free or low-cost apps for smart phones are available to assist with managing medication updates. St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor recommends searching in app stores with the words “medication lists” to locate these apps. There are also various medication list templates available online, located by performing a simple keyword search with an Internet browser.