6 MEDICATION REMINDER TIPS

Here are simple, practical tips to remember to take the medications you’re supposed to take, exactly when you’re supposed to take them.

Missing Meds is Dangerous.

There’s a reason your doctor prescribed certain medications to be taken at certain times, and while it’s not always easy to remember, not sticking to your regimen can seriously undermine your effort to live a heart-healthy life. So how about finding some ways to always remember?

  • Use a pill organizer. Many organizers are color-coded to help keep everything separate. You simply load up the compartments with your various medications so they’re all in one place instead of in random bottles. Some are even small enough to carry in a purse or briefcase.
  • Keep your pills where you’ll see them. Instead of putting them away in a drawer, keep them out in a prominent place so you can’t miss them. Some people keep them on a bedside table, or near the coffeemaker. But always be sure to keep them out of the reach of children and away from direct sunlight.
  • Set an appointment. You can set an alarm on your smartphone so it goes off the same time every day as a reminder. You might prefer to write a note in your datebook as an appointment at the same time every day – or do both! If you do something regularly every day at the same time already (like eating breakfast or brushing your teeth), you can piggy back your medication onto that.
  • Post reminder notes. Place a colorful sticky-note where you won’t miss it, especially if you’ll notice it at the right time to take a pill. For example, if you need to take something before you go to sleep, put a note on your clock radio so you see it before you go to sleep.
  • Ask a family member or friend. It’s OK to ask someone you trust to call you every day to remind you to take your medications This is especially helpful if you’ve added a new addition to your pill regimen and haven’t gotten in the habit yet.
  • Use a device. Look for a watch or similar device that provides vibrating or audio reminders.

All 6 of these tips may not fit your lifestyle, but consider the tips that could work and give them a try.

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This tool is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide a medical diagnosis, medical advice, or medical treatment. Contact your healthcare provider after using the tool to discuss your heart health or if you have any health concerns.

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