Patients & Visitors

My Medicine List

You can help prevent medicine errors by taking an active role. An easy way to start is to keep a list of all the medicines you take. Your list will help the doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others know what is safe for you to take. Willis-Knighton wants to help you get started.

Print "My Medicine List"

My Medicine List is a document you can use to keep track of all your medications.

If you are not able to download the list, call the Willis-Knighton Pharmacy at (318) 212-4320 and we will mail the My Medicine List form to you.

About your medicine list

When listing the medicines you take, be sure to include:

  • Prescriptions
  • Over-the-Counter Medications
  • Vitamins
  • Supplements

Creating your medicine list, and keeping it up-to-date, is a simple step that you can take to help ensure your health and safety. Always keep your list in your wallet or purse for easy access.

Know about your medicines

For each medicine you take, understand:

  • What is the name of the medicine?
  • What is it for?
  • What does it look like?
  • What time should I take it?
  • How much of it should I take each time?
  • How should I take it - should I take it with food?
  • How long should I take it?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • Are there any side effects? What should I do if I have any?
  • How should I store it?
  • Is it safe to take with other medicine that I am taking, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins or herbals?
  • What food, drink or activities should I avoid while taking it?

Safety tips

If you have questions, call your doctor or pharmacist.

DO:

  • Keep your Medicine List updated.
  • Take only the medicine given to you by your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Read the label each time you take your medicine.
  • Put all medicine in a place where children and pets cannot reach it.
  • Use a compartmental medication box if you take medicine each day.
  • Check the date on all medicine. Throw it away if it is expired or no longer needed. (If no expiration date exists on a prescription, consider it expired if you received it more than one year ago.)
  • If you feel that any medicine is making you sick or causing you pain, call your doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor about any allergies or reactions that you have had to medicine in the past. Write these on your Medicine List.
  • When you are admitted to the hospital, take your updated Medicine List or bring all of your medicines in the original bottles. Include over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbals.
  • When you are being sent home from the hospital, ask your doctor or nurse to tell you what medicines you should be taking and how to take them. You can be given an updated Medicine List before you leave the hospital

DO NOT:

  • Take medicine in the dark.
  • Stop taking the medicine just because you feel better, unless your doctor tells you to stop taking it.
  • Take your medicine out of one bottle and put it in another.
  • Keep medicine in the car, by the stove or in the bathroom, since heat and dampness can affect how it works.

At the Drug Store

Take new medicine prescriptions and refills to the same drug store. The pharmacist then has a list of your medicines. He or she can make sure the medicines work together and won't make you sick.

  • If you use more than one drug store, make sure each one has a list of all of your medicines.
  • Ask the pharmacist the name of the medicine and how you should take it. Make sure that this information matches what your doctor told you.
  • Make sure that any refill of the medicine is the same color, size and shape. If there is any difference, ask why.