Lots of people take medication regularly. About a third or more take multiple medications throughout the day. For those who take multiple medications during the day trying to remember what medication to take at what time and how much can get confusing. It’s important for your peace of mind, and that of your family and physician, that you keep an up-to-date list of the medications you take, the frequency you take them, and how much you take. This information may be vital if there is ever a medical emergency. But it’s also important for you. In our modern, on demand, culture it can be easy to forget things as small and routine as medicine. Forgetting to take medication happens, but it can have far reaching negative consequences.
To avoid those consequences there are a few strategies you can employ.
- Keep a list of medications in a handy place.
- Keep weekly calendars showing what medications to take at a particular time. Make a note what should be taken with food and without.
- If a more physical reminder is better for you, there are a variety of pill organizers on the market. These let you separate your medications by the day. Canada Drugs sells these types of organizers.
- Set auditory reminders like alarms or beepers. Setting an alarm on a cellphone can be a good reminder when it’s time to take your medication.
We have a lot of experience talking to people who take multiple medications. Often we find that even spouses aren’t necessarily aware of the medications their significant other takes. That can be a problem should an emergency come up. At minimum, keep a list of your current medications somewhere accessible. It can be as simple as tacking it on the inside of the cabinet door where you keep your drugs. Whatever you choose to do, it has to work for you. Prescription non-adherence is a big medical issue. Billions of dollars are spent each year on emergency room and hospitalizations because people do not take their medication as prescribed. If you find yourself accidentally missing doses on occasion be proactive and take steps to ensure you don’t become one of those statistics.