San Juan Regional Medical Center encourages you to take time to fill out and complete a Home Medication Form. It can save your life. Adult patients and their families can play a vital role in helping to prevent medication errors, particularly during transitions in care. The single most important step you can take is to keep a complete, accurate and up to date list of all prescribed and over the counter medications, supplements, vitamins and herbals. San Juan Regional encourages you to take the time to complete your own Home Medication Form. It could save your life.
What is a Home Medication Form?
The Home Medication Form can help you and your family members keep a current record of information that physicians need to know. This record includes immunizations, allergies, prescribed medications and any vitamins, herbal supplements or over-the-counter medicines.
Printable Home Medication Form
I’ve printed this form, now what do I do?
List all medicines you are currently taking. Prescription and over-the-counter medications: (examples: aspirin, antacids) and herbals (examples: ginseng, gingko). Include medications taken as needed (example: nitroglycerin) .
Complete the immunization record in the blanks provided. Record the date; year of last dose taken, if known. Provide allergy information. Name the allergy and describe your reaction to the allergy.
Fill in all the blanks on the form that apply to you. List all medications and the physician(s) who prescribed them. List prescription date, dose frequency, date if you have stopped taking prescription and reason for taking per doctors instruction. Include any vitamins, herbal supplements, or over-the-counter medicines. Write neatly so others can read your form.
When do I use this form?
Bring this form with you whenever you visit your physician, go for tests, or when you are admitted to the hospital. Make sure that the form is up to date.
Where should I keep this form?
Keep this form in your wallet or purse so that it is always with you. This will help healthcare providers locate the form in case of an emergency.
I have been to the doctors and my medications have changed, should I scratch them out on the form?
Yes. Whenever you change medications, scratch through the old medication and write in the new information. Or you can also download and print out a new form.
I have just been discharged from the hospital and there are a number of changes. What should I do?
Fill out a new form. There are often many medication changes following a hospital stay. Before you leave the hospital, someone will tell you which medicines to take and which medicines to stop taking. When you return to your physician, take your new form with you.