It is extremely important to take all medication as prescribed. However, it can be easy to lose track when you’re managing several different types of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Thankfully, there are things we can do to help prevent this from happening. Here are a few ideas to help you or your loved ones:
- Try to take medications at the same time each day and the same place – after dinner in the kitchen, for instance.
- Create a list of your medications and keep two copies. Keep one copy with you at all times and the other in the same you keep your medications.
- Use a pill minder to keep track of the medications you have taken and those you haven’t. These plastic pill boxes are labeled with the days of the week and are typically inexpensive.
Know the names, doses, and intake frequency of each prescription. Having a base of knowledge about all the medications in your health plan is an important first step.
Side effects caused by medications can also discourage people from taking them consistently and on time. Ask your provider about all potential side effects associated with your prescriptions. Some side effects can be mild, while others are more severe.
Consider bringing all of your prescription and over-the-counter drugs in one bag to your doctor’s office for review. That way, you can discuss everything you take, consider potential side effects, and develop a plan to help you remember to take each of them.
Do you have a plan in place to help you or your loved one remember to take medications? Share your own tips in the comment section below.
This post is adapted from an original article authored by Dr. Lisa Price, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, and chief medical officer at InnovAge.