How To Remember To Take Your Medication
- Keep a list of all your medications, including over-the-counter ones. Use a small notebook or a smartphone to track all changes
- Take your meds at the same time every day. Those times might coincide with your morning coffee or meals, after brushing your teeth or a shower, or at bedtime.
- Leave yourself notes to help you remember. Post-it Notes on your bathroom mirror or nightstand work great. You can use a dry-erase board to keep track of pills you have taken, erasing reminders after each dose.
- Use a pillbox with the days of the week. (Ask your pharmacist or health care provider if you can remove pills from their original packaging; some medications are available in pre-formed plastic packaging known as blister packs). Keep your pillbox in a visible place, such as the kitchen table, and away from moisture, heat, and light – as well as children and pets.
- Keep a calendar to write down doses and when refills are due. If you’re running low on a medication, contact your health care provider or pharmacist before it’s gone.
- Set an alarm in your home or on your smartphone or watch to remind you when to take your pills
- Ask your pharmacist if they have reminder tops – caps with reminder alarms – for your medications. Purchase a pill cutter if you need to cut your pills in half.
- Turn your bottle upside down after you take your pills, then turn it upright at the end of the day as a reminder to start fresh tomorrow.
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