If you’re on multiple medications, you
may ask yourself, “Which ones do I take
with food and which ones do I take on an
Lots of people forget the instructions
for their meds soon after getting them.
And it can be downright overwhelming
to remember everything.
Writing down all your medications
can help you keep track of the details.
This includes prescribed medications,
supplements—will help you keep track of the details
WRITTEN BY JENNIFER GREEN
Your pharmacy team can help you manage medication side-effects and provide information on potential interactions with other drugs and supplements.
over-the-counter drugs (such as Advil
or Aspirin) and, yes, even vitamins and
herbal supplements. You’ll also want to
record the dose of each medication you
take, how often and when to take them,
and what they are for.
“I have a lot of medications for a
lot of things. It’s hard to keep track
of everything so I use a pill box that I
carry everywhere I go,” says Mable,
who preferred not to use her last name.
“I write them down and put the list on
my fridge. When I go to get a snack,
the list says to me—Mable, take your
medicine—so I do before I eat.”
Some medications that help you relax,
sleep or improve your mood can also
increase your risk of falling or a cause
drop in blood pressure. If you experience
such symptoms, you’ll want to write
those down, too. Then discuss with
your healthcare provider to see if your