Use a password safe to store your medication info

A list of antibiotics with colour-coded labels

You know what it’s like—you’re not feeling well, you’re sitting in the GP’s surgery and she’s just asked if you’re okay with Penicillin.

Your mind goes blank.

I don’t know, am I? Shouldn’t your GP have this information on file?

I have a simple, portable solution.

SafeInCloud

Something that I’ve been doing for years is keep a track of all my prescribed medication on my mobile device. At first this was a database on my Psion PDA, now it’s in my password manager application of choice, SafeInCloud.

I will always update my medication repository in SafeInCloud whenever I am prescribed something. I tend to do this on my desktop PC but as my password manager file is automatically synchronised between my desktop PC, laptop and Android smartphone, I have the information wherever I go, including sitting in the GP surgery.

Template

SafeInCloud allows me to create a custom template to consistently capture the information I need. My drugs template has an icon of medicine capsules and the following fields:

Editing the Drugs template in SafeInCloud
  • Drug name
  • Drug type
  • Dose (mg)
  • Prescribed for—a quick summary to remind me why I was given it.
  • OK?—Was I okay with this medication or were there some issues?
  • Side effects
  • When to take—e.g. two hours before food
  • Take with—e.g. drink with water
  • Avoid—e.g. avoid milk
  • First prescribed—how long have I been using this?
  • Last prescribed—how long ago did I have it?
  • Website—I want more information about this

Colour coding

I also use colour coding on the icons as a quick way to see whether I’m okay with these drugs.

  • Grey means that I saw no effect from this medication.
  • Green means that I’m fine with these drugs.
  • Yellow means that I’m mostly okay but I do suffer some mild side effects.
  • Red means that I have an allergy or serious side effects.

Conclusion

I find this really useful. I no longer have to rely on my memory, especially for some of the more obscure medications. I suspect you should be able to do something similar in other password manager applications.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 48 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot. Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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