Update your medicines list now – you’ll need it if you go to hospital
If you take one or more regular medicines, now is the time to make sure you have an up-to-date list of all the medicines you take.
This is the advice from NPS MedicineWise ahead of an anticipated increase in the number of people seeking health care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pharmacist and Medicines Line manager at NPS MedicineWise, Nerida Packham, says a medicines list is a complete list of all your prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines.
“If you take one or more regular medicines, make sure you have an up-to-date medicines list in case you need to go into hospital unexpectedly or visit a doctor or pharmacist who is not familiar with your health status,” says Ms Packham.
“Updating your medicines list is easier when you are feeling well, so now is the time to make sure yours is up to date.
“If you care for someone, help them prepare a list of their medicines too, and make sure family members know where and how to access a copy of each other’s medicines lists,” she says.
Record the active ingredient of your medicine, what the medicine is for, and how and when to take it.
“You can record your list of your medicines or the medicines of someone you care for in whichever way suits you best,” says Ms Packham.
You can download a blank copy of the NPS MedicineWise medicines list or download the free MedicineWise app for your phone. The MedicineWise app can store a list of your medicines and general health information, schedule reminders and provide information on your medicines. It also helps people who care for loved ones who use multiple medicines manage a list on their behalf. Download the free MedicineWise app from Google Play or the App Store.
“Most importantly, have the medicines list with you when you go into hospital, or visit or talk to your doctor,” says Ms Packham.
Find out more about keeping a list of your medicines
- What is a medicines list?
- Download a medicines list – available in English and 10 additional languages
- MedicineWise app: manage medicines on your smartphone
- NPS MedicineWise information hub on medicines and COVID-19
- What is an active ingredient of a medicine?
If you have questions about your medicines you can call Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) for the cost of a local call (calls from mobiles may cost more). Hours of operation are Monday–Friday 9 am–5 pm AET (excluding public holidays).
Matthew Harris, NPS MedicineWise Communications & PR adviser: (02) 8217 9229, 0419 618 365 or [email protected]
Independent, evidence-based and not-for-profit, NPS MedicineWise enables better decisions about medicines, medical tests and other health technologies. We receive funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.