To prepare for a visit to the doctor and to help you keep track, it’s a good idea to write down all of the medication you take, ideally as a list or chart.

In Germany, you may be entitled to have your doctor create and print out a medication schedule for you under certain conditions.

For your own chart, write down any medication that you use: prescription and over-the-counter medicines, as well as herbal products and dietary supplements, in the form of pills, capsules, sprays, creams, suppositories, etc.

Illustration: Medication list - template to print and fill inMedication list - template to print and fill in (interactive)


The list or chart should have the following information in it:

  • Name of the medicine: Active ingredient and trade name
  • Dosage (how much) and dosage form: for example, 100 mg tablet
  • When do I take it, and how much: for example, in the morning and in the evening 1 tablet each
  • Special notes: for example, keep in the refrigerator, don’t take with dairy products, or take directly after breakfast
  • Why do I take the medication: for example, for high blood pressure, pain, or iron deficiency

Example of a filled-in chart:

Drug: Ibuprofen

Trade name: Arthro IBU

Dosage: 800 mg

Form: Tablets

Schedule (when): 1-0-0-0 (1 tablet every morning)

Unit: One piece

Notes: Take directly after breakfast

Reason: Knee pain (osteoarthritis)

Illustration: Medication list - example of a filled-in tableMedication list - example of a filled-in table


Under “Notes,” you could also add when you started using the medication and when you’re supposed to take it until. You could also write in the date of your next follow-up appointment.

For example:
Started July 07, 2017, next appointment on July 28, 2017