Labeling Your Medications

You can label your medications by using any of the following methods:

  • Prescription bottle with large print and braille label Ask your pharmacist to place a large print label on your prescription container. You can also request large print instructions.
  • Use a weekly or daily pill organizer. These boxes, which are plastic with a section for every day of the week, are often helpful. They come with large-print labels, but make sure the print is a contrasting color—black print on a white label, for example. Pillboxes also come with tactile labels. Ask a friend, family member, or home health aide to fill your pill box. There are also talking pill organizers available.
  • braille label around prescription bottle Bottles can be labeled in braille or large print using Dymo or label-on tape. Also, the first letter of the medication name can be written in white glue or a 3-D pen (also known as a Hi-Mark Tactile Pen) on the lid. When dry, these raised markings can be read with the fingertips.
  • Prescription bottle fitted with a magnifying medifierLow-vision devices like magnifiers are the most popular method for reading labels and pill boxes. Magnifying pill bottles fit all standard prescription vials.
  • Use rubber bands to differentiate medications that are stored in separate containers.
  • Use rubber bands to keep track of your daily dosage of a medication. For example, place rubber bands around the bottle or container equal to the daily dosages you take of that particular medication. Remove one band each time you take the medication. Replace the bands at the end of each day to begin the system again.
  • If you have three different prescriptions in similarly sized bottles, you can mark the first with one rubber band, the second with two bands, and the third with three bands.
  • talking prescription bottleTalking labels are an option. Using a VOXCOM, medication labels are recorded on a card and attached to the bottle. To identify the medication, slide the card through the VOXCOM, and it reads the label aloud. The Talking RX Prescription recorder allows you or someone you trust to set it up. This bottle comes with a recording device to note the contents of the bottle; once recorded, push the button on the side to hear what’s in the bottle. close up of Tel-Rx recording device for prescription labels Tel-Rx allows an individual to record up to 20 seconds of information from a prescription label.
  • Some systems require the pharmacist to set them up, such as Scriptalk, which has new patient software that lets the user get information via audible output, and in braille or large print formats. Participating pharmacies put a small RFID tag on a prescription container. This tag stores all the printed information from the pharmacy label. The patient is also given a free ScripTalk Station reading device. One puts the prescription container on the device to listen to the label data and presses a button. All the label information is spoken clearly. If braille access is desired, the user can connect the Station to a computer and braille display. The computer accesses the information as an electronic file and sends the data to the braille display. This same application works for large print or screen magnification on the computer.

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