Should medicines be listed on my medical ID?

As a rule and if space permits, it’s wise to list prescription medicines that are being taken on a long-term or “maintenance” basis. This will give medical personnel better guidance on how to initiate treatment and will lessen the chance of a drug interaction.

Some classes of medicines that would be appropriate for an ID are:

  • Analgesics: Includes many narcotics, such as morphine and codeine
  • Antianginals: Medicines that alleviate episodes of angina
  • Antiarrhythmics: Heart drugs that can correct or prevent irregular heart beats
  • Anticoagulants: Blood thinners, such as Coumadin (warfarin)
  • Anticonvulsants: Meds for seizure disorder and epilepsy
  • Antihistamines, Decongestants: Prescription or over-the-counter meds for allergic rhinitis
  • Antihypertensives: Blood pressure medicine
  • Beta Blockers: Drugs that can slow the heart rate: Inderal, Tenormin, etc.
  • Chemotherapy Agents: Drugs for treating cancer or serious infectious diseases
  • Steroids: Cortisone, Decadron, etc.