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How to Create a Pill Card to Keep Track of Meds

AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) has a one page guide on how to create a pill card.

The guide includes a template, clip art from Microsoft Word, and what information to include.

An excerpt


Table 1: Organize Information for the Pill Card

Medicine Important Information in Simple Terms Incorporating This Information into a Pill Card Possible Graphics Used
Image of a large, round, orange pillSimvastatin
20mg
  • Take 1 pill at night.
  • For cholesterol.
  • Picture of one pill at night/bedtime (shown by moon).
  • Night/bedtime.

Image of a crescent moon, to indicate Night.

Image of a small, round, white pillFurosemide
20mg
  • Take 2 pills in the morning and 2 pills in the evening.
  • For fluid.
  • Picture of two pills in the morning (shown by rising sun) and two pills in the evening (shown by setting sun).
  • Morning.

Image of the sun rising, to indicate Morning

  • Evening.

Image of the sun setting, to indicate Evening

Insulin 

Image of a syringe

  • Inject 24 units before breakfast and 12 units before dinner.
  • For diabetes (sugar).
  • Picture of syringe in the morning (shown by rising sun) and evening (shown by setting sun).
  • Picture of bag of sugar.
  • Syringe.

Image of a syringe

  • Sugar.

Image of a bag of sugar

  • Morning.

Image of the sun rising, to indicate Morning

  • Evening.

Image of the sun setting, to indicate Evening

February 23, 2011 - Posted by | Consumer Health, Consumer Safety | , , , ,

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