Whether you have many different medications you regularly take or you only take a few medications, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the US Department for Health & Human Services, can help you keep this information handy and well-organized. This week, they introduced a printable, free-to-consumers wallet card on which you can write all the medications you’re taking (including over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications, vitamins and herbal supplements).
The wallet card, divided into six different sections, also includes space for you to write down your allergies and/or any medications you should not be taking, your current medical conditions, your blood type, your contact information, and the vital details of all your current medications (what color is the pill, what times of day do you take it, what condition it treats, and anything you shouldn’t take the drug with).
This wallet card can not only help you keep your prescriptions straight, but it also provides valuable information at a glance to emergency personnel in the event that you need emergency medical help and are unable to communicate your current health conditions, allergies, and medication regimen. It can also be a helpful tool to use while you’re dining out or when you need to give information to a doctor or pharmacist.
The wallet card is placed at the bottom of a brochure that talks about how to take medicines safely. To download the wallet card and brochure in PDF format, click here. Or, click here to email the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse to request that up to 10 free booklets be mailed to you.