It can be challenging to keep track of all the different medications you are taking. Remembering the names, reasons, and dosages of your medications can be difficult.
If you take multiple medications, you are at a greater risk of making a medication mistake. This can range from forgetting to take a medication to accidentally taking too many (overdosing). Managing your medications can reduce the risk of life-threatening mistakes.
Organization is the key to successfully managing your medication. These tips on organization will ensure that your medications are taken at the correct time and in the right manner.
- Use a daily pill organizer:
If you take multiple medications every day, a pill dispenser may be helpful. These organizers often have seven or more compartments to hold the daily dose of medications. Keep a schedule of dosages with a description of the pill in front, such as “blue capsule” or “large white pill.”
- Create a Dosing Chart:
A medication schedule chart is another effective way to manage your medications. You can use a spreadsheet program or word processor on your computer to create one. List all the medications, and their dosages, and mark them off each time you take your medication. You may also want to include the reason for taking “as-needed” medications and note which ones require freezing or refrigeration.
- List everything you need to do:
Create a comprehensive list of all the medications you are taking, including the name, dosage, frequency of use, any side effects, and whether the drug was stopped. Don’t forget to include any allergies you may have to medications. Save a copy of the prescription on your computer, tablet, or phone so that you can print more copies if needed. Give your list of medications to your doctor and pharmacist during your appointments.
- Use a medication reminder app:
If you have a tablet or smartphone, you can utilize various apps to manage your medication. Some apps allow you to look up drug information, create a medication schedule, and receive reminders for taking your pills. Electronic pill reminders are available at different price points. You can enter the name of your medication, the recommended frequency, and whether it should be taken with or without food. Some apps even have alarm sounds or audio voice-message features, which can be especially helpful for those with visual impairments.
- Check prescription labels often:
Regularly check the expiration dates and refill information on prescription labels. Discard old medications. If you are running low on medication and there is a refill available, call your pharmacist. This will ensure you do not miss any dosages. If you need to get a prescription refilled, contact your doctor’s office immediately, giving them enough time to call the pharmacy.
Remember, staying organized is crucial for taking your medications correctly. Using tools like a pillbox, planner, spreadsheets, and lists can help you stay on track. Additionally, consider asking a friend or family member to assist with organizing your medication to further minimize the chances of making mistakes.
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