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Having to take a ton of medicine can be a drag. In fact, sometimes I feel like the only place I visit more frequently than the doctor’s office is the pharmacy. Here are just a few ideas that help keep me on track and spend less time digging around in the medicine cabinet each morning.
- To start, always take your medicine at the same times every day. Even better, try relating that time with a specific activity. For example: breakfast for morning meds and dinner for evening meds.
- Try out the Tritan Water Bottle with a removable pill organizer. My husband so thoughtfully bought me one of these, and I LOVE it! It may look flimsy, but it’s actually pretty durable and I haven’t had any issues with leaks or losing the pill organizer. Wherever you and your water bottle go… so do your meds!
- Set alerts on your phone or computer. Whether it’s your office’s Outlook calendar or a reminder on your phone… just make sure that something in front of you at pill-popping time is telling you to TAKE YOUR MEDICINE.
- Consider giving PillPack a try. I’m not 100% sold on the idea yet, but my first 1 month supply of pre-sorted meds are scheduled to arrive on 9/29 and I will be reviewing their services here for your convenience.
- Arrange for your prescriptions to auto-refill. That way, you’ll never find yourself in short supply. That automated phone call or text from the pharmacy is a nice reminder too!
- Keep all of your daily medications with you. As a woman, I hate this. The last thing I need is one more thing to weigh down my black hole of a purse. However, having my weekly pill-box (and necessary as needed medicines) in my purse, car, or travel carry-on has been a life saver more than once. Schedules don’t always go as planned and life can get messy if you don’t have important medicines when you need them.
What else helps you remember to take your daily medications? I’d love to hear your ideas too!