A common reason people don’t take their medication is because they simply forget. For instance, taking medication can become so reflexive that you’re unsure whether you took your pill or not.
You can use some of these strategies in order to be more organized and have less stress.
1. Electronic Applications and Pill Reminders
Nowadays there is an app for everything, so naturally one has made one to help you take the pill. Apps to help patients remember and track their medication use are convenient tools for anyone who carries a smartphone.
2. Tie Your Medication Doses with a Daily Activity
You can tie your drug doses with a daily routine like breakfast time, after a shower, or when you get ready for bed. Keep your medications in easy-to-see (but secure) spots as a visual clue. Pretty soon taking your meds will be as routine as, well, brushing your teeth (and that might be a good time to take your meds, too).
3. Get Help from Family Members or Friends
It can help to have a non-judgmental, positive person who understands your situation support you through treatment. This person can help you remember to take your medicine or be there to give you a high-five after attending your appointment.
4. Calendar Alerts
Maybe you prefer not to use a mobile device or just like the simple method of a calendar. Those are great tools, too. Mark your daily doses on a paper calendar at home, on your computer, or even in your little black book! Just be sure to update it frequently and mark through each dose as you take it, in case you forget from dose to dose.
5. Practice Makes Perfect! Learn About Your Medicines
Learning more about what your medications are used for will reinforce your adherence to your treatment plan. Learning about your medical conditions can be a strong motivator, too. This is especially important for conditions that have few, if any, symptoms to remind you it’s time to take your medicine – like high blood pressure.
6. Keep an Up-to-Date List of Your Medication Names, Strengths, Dose, and Number of Remaining Refills
Having an easily accessible list of your medication specifics will enable you to provide this information correctly and quickly at a time when you might need it the most – in an emergency situation. Just be sure to update this information when medications are started or stopped. Remember – over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and herbal or dietary supplements count, too – so have them on your list.
7. Smart Medication Water Bottle
This smart water bottle has a built-in 7-unit pill organizer so you’ll never forget to take your daily medications, even when you’re on the go.