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 important if you need to go to hospital unexpectedly or visit a doctor or pharmacist who is not familiar with your health status. Updating your medicines list is easier when you are feeling well, so now is the time to make sure yours is up to date.
A medicines list is a complete list of all your prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines. Record the active ingredient of each of your medicines, what the medicine is for, and how and when to take it.
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.
You can record your list of your medicines or the medicines of someone you care for in whichever way suits you best.
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.