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					                   TRANSITION SKILLS TIPS & TOOLS:                           DIVISION OF SPECIALIZED CARE
                   Medications for Teens                                     FOR CHILDREN



                                         It Is Important to Know
                                   What You Are Putting into Your Body




       1.     Make sure you know the exact name of the medicine(s) you take.

       2.     Find out why you have to take them and how they work in your body.

       3.     Take your medicine at the same time of the day. For example, it might be better if you think about
              taking medicine every day at 10:00 p.m. instead of at bedtime since you may go to bed at different
              times, especially on the weekends. Ask your doctor if you have questions about taking your
              medicine.

       4.     You may want to use medication reminders, such as an alarm-vibrating pillbox, pill organizers, timer
              watches or alarm pocket watch.

       5.     Side effects can be bothersome and dangerous - make sure you know what to look for.

       6.     Don’t take too much or too little medication - know how much to take and when you can take more.

       7.     Always let your health care team know about ALL the medications that you take, including non-
              prescription medications.

       8.     If you have any questions, ask your health care providers or pharmacist.

       9.     Become responsible for knowing when it is time to refill your medications and begin calling the
              pharmacy to process your refills.

       10. Use the next page to begin your medication list.




For more detailed information on specific skills and abilities, use the additional Transition Skills
Tips & Tools found at: http://internet.dscc.uic.edu/dsccroot/parents/transition.asp
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MEDICATIONS (Please use pencil to complete this form.)                               Patient Name: ________________________

  Start        Name of         Prescribed     Dosage       When is this    Purpose       Danger        Stop      Monitoring   Notes/Changes
  Date        Medication           By                      Medication                     Signs        Date       Required     (date list was
                                                            Taken?                                                              reviewed or
                                                                                                                                  updated)

mm/dd/yy       Brand and                      Mg/units/     How many                       Call       mm/dd/yy    e.g., lab      Have you
             generic name                    puffs/drops     times per                 immediately               test every     experienced
              (if available)                                    day?                      if you                               side effects?
                                                              Morning                   experience                ______       Drugs and/or
                                                           and/or night?               any of these                           foods that may
                                                           After meals?                   signs                    weeks           cause
                                                                                                                               interactions?




Always refer to physician and pharmacist for input. Read the drug sheets that come with each medication for a
complete list of potential side effects/danger signs/interactions. Whenever you see the doctor, including your
primary care physician and any specialists, review and update this medication list. After any hospitalization,
check with your doctor to review this medication list.




For more detailed information on specific skills and abilities, use the additional Transition Skills
Tips & Tools found at: http://internet.dscc.uic.edu/dsccroot/parents/transition.asp
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