Tips for Organising Your Medications
Medications can get very complicated, especially when you have a lot to keep on top of. On days where you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, or you have a lot of things to do, it’s helpful to know that you don’t need to worry about what, when, or how much, you need to take. This blog is here to help you get organised, so that you can keep your health on track!
Invest in a Pill Organiser
Pill organisers or boxes are a cheap and efficient way of staying on top of all your medications. Most pharmacies sell them, or alternatively, you can have a look at our selection here. Usually, they come with seven or eight labelled compartments, one for each day of the week and a spare. This will help you to stay on track with what needs taking and when, especially if you have certain medications that only need taking once a week.
Set Alarms and Reminders
If you’re bad at remembering to take your medication at the same time every day, then set yourself an alarm that will go off at the same time to make sure you take it. Most mobile phones have these built into them now, so you’ll be able to be notified no matter where you are that you need to take your pills!
Stick to a Schedule
It’s easier to remember your medication if you take it at the same time, in the same place, every single day. Whether that be in the morning when you have eaten your breakfast, or before bed when you are brushing your teeth, continuing this schedule will make taking your medication into a habit, rather than a one off. This is also good if you don’t want to rely on an alarm or reminder on your phone!
Keep Your Pills in One Place
Keeping everything that you need to take, as well as your prescriptions, in one secure and dry place will prevent them from getting lost or damaged, meaning you are more likely to take them. If you feel safer always keeping everything on you, or you travel a lot, this Deluxe Pill Organiser will help you to keep everything you need in one place, no matter where you are.
Make a Checklist
This can be especially helpful if you think you may be starting some new medication soon. Keeping a list of what medicines you take, when you take them, how much and how often, will not only be valuable information for you, but to your GP. If they can see exactly what you’re taking and how often, they will be able to make sure they don’t prescribe you any medications that interfere with what you’re already on. Plus, it keeps everything very accurate – no more thoughts getting jumbled in your head, as you have them all written down!
Talk to your GP
If all of the medications you are prescribed are becoming too confusing, speak to your GP to see if they can prescribe an alternative that can be taken less frequently. Bear in mind that a pharmacist is also part of your healthcare team, so if you are having any problems, they may be able to help. Pharmacists may also be able to help you draw up a checklist if you’re unsure on any of your medications.