When you have a chronic illness, you most likely take several medications, vitamins, or supplements each day. You probably do too. I take medications twice daily-once in the morning and once in the evening. So how to keep medications straight when you live with a chronic illness can be challenging at times.
Even on days that your head feels perfectly clear, it can be hard to keep track of if you have taken all of the correct medications for the day. Then, if you have a chronic or mental illness I am sure there have been times when you experienced "brain fog." There can be lots of reasons and situations that cause you to confuse your medications. But luckily in the day and age we live in, we have many options on how to keep our medications straight.
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Great options on how to keep your medications straight
1. Pill box organizers
Pill box organizers come in all shapes, sizes, and features. Just think about how many times a day you take your medications. Then consider if certain medications need to be taken at different times from each other so they don't create negative side effects or affect the efficacy of one another.
Pill Ziplocs or packets
The first time I saw these in use was for my grandmother. These tiny little ziplock bags have a space to write the medication, does, date, and time.
There are medicine apps that you can easily have on your phone that helps you keep medications straight.
This app is great for "visual" people and free! It copies the physical characteristics (size and shape) of each pill to create a "virtual pillbox." Alerts are sent when it is time to take the medications and reminds users of the correct dosage. Sounds totally cool. I tend to look at the pills in my hand to visually note if they are correct before I swallow my mediations.
Adheretech is actually a pill bottle connected to an app. This app uses the data the user enters to send real-time alerts on missed or incorrectly taken dosages. The dashboard in the app records all the important information to keep track of how well the person is doing in keeping their medications straight.
This is great for people who have a large number of medications with complex instructions. After entering all medications the app will send reminders to the users about how much of each medication to take and how to take it. A perk of this app is it sends the reminders even in areas with no wifi available.
automated medication dispensing Services
I first heard about this option in a commercial on TV. (I am not sure how I watched a commercial recently unless it was on one of my kids cartoon channels.) Geared more toward the elderly and their caregivers, Philips Lifeline Service has a monthly fee but provides an actual physical dispenser that is pre-filled with medications. It can accommodate up to 60 cups of medicine and six times per day.
printable Medicine Trackers and ChARTS
Good ole pen and paper can always be trusted. You can create your own tracker with just a notebook or you can find many free medication tracker & chart printables through Google or Pinterest. Bullet journals can also be used to create charts and systems to keep medications straight and organized.
Recently, I accidentally took my nighttime medications on a Saturday morning. I couldn't believe I had made such a silly mistake, but it happened. Luckily, with it being on a weekend, I could sleep off my mistake and it didn't cause any more serious consequences.
It's easy to get in the habit of dumping out the pills into our hand and chugging them down without even looking at what we are taking. So taking extra measures, like the ones mentioned above, to keep medications straight is really important.
I love to create printables, so I am off to make a medication chart tracker! I'll let you know when I have it available for you to download.