If you take a lot of different medicines, you may find it hard to keep them straight. You may forget to take your medicine, take the wrong dose, or take them at the wrong time.
Learn some tips to make taking all of your medicines easier.
Create an organizing system to help you decrease mistakes with your medicine. Here are some suggestions.
USE A PILL ORGANIZER
You can buy a pill organizer at the drug store or online. There are many different kinds. Ask the pharmacist to help pick out an organizer that will work best for you.
Things to think about when choosing a pill organizer:
USE AN AUTOMATIC PILL DISPENSER
You can buy an automatic pill dispenser online. These dispensers:
USE COLOR MARKS ON YOUR MEDICINE BOTTLES
Use a color marker to mark your medicines by the time of day that you take them. For example:
CREATE A MEDICINE RECORD
List the medicine, what time you take it, and leave a place to check off when you take each medicine.
Put on the list any prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs, and vitamins, herbs, and supplements that you take. Include the:
Bring the list and your medicines in their bottles to your doctor appointments and when you go to the pharmacy.
Call the doctor when you are:
Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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