Alert
Close

Take AARP’s Smart Driver course and you could save money on your car insurance. Learn more

HIGHLIGHTS

Open

2014 NATIONAL EVENT

Health & Wellness
AARP Auto Buying Program

DRIVER SAFETY

Piggy bank on the road - AARP Driver Safety

Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course!

Contests and
Sweeps

Safe Driving in 2014 Sweepstakes

Learn how AARP Driver Safety can help you stay safe—and enter for a chance to win $1,000. See official rules. 

Download the ipad App

AARP-iPad-ePub-app

KEEP BRAIN ACTIVE!

AARP Games - Play Now!

Learning Centers

Get smart strategies for managing health conditions.


Arthritis

Heart Disease

Diabetes

Most Popular

Viewed

Questions Are the Answer, Make Sure You Know Your Medications

An important part of managing your own health is to make sure you know all the medications you are taking and why you are taking them. Knowing about your medications can help prevent potentially dangerous mistakes, such as taking the wrong medication, taking the wrong amount of medication, or taking a medication that has a bad interaction with another medication you are they are taking. There are simple steps you can take to help stop medication mistakes. Every time you get a new prescription, make sure you get the answers to these five questions:

1. What is the name of the medication? (both brand and generic)

2. Why am I taking it?

3. How much do I take? (Strength? How much? How often? How long?)

4. What do I do if I miss a dose?

5. What are the most common side effects?

If you do not have time to ask your doctor these questions, others on your care team can give you the answers! Your nurse, physician assistant, or pharmacist can help. It is also a good idea to write down the answers to these questions for future reference.

AARP has free medication records available to help you keep track of your medication information. If you would like a free medication record or an easy to carry list of these questions to bring to your visits with health care providers, email your request to aarpme@aarp.org.

You can also download a copy of these questions to bring to your next office visit.

Because AARP cares about your health, we have become part of Quality Counts for ME, a statewide effort working to improve healthcare quality in the state. For more information about Quality Counts for ME, please visit www.mainequalitycounts.org.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Woman trying on glasses in optometrists shop

Members save up to 60% on eye exams and 30% on glasses at JCPenney Optical.

Prescription medication spilling out of bottle

Members get a free Rx card from AARP® Prescription Discounts provided by Catamaran.

AngiesList

Members can save 25% to 45% on their Angie's List membership.

Caregiving walking

Caregiving can be a lonely journey, but AARP offers resources that can help.