Nine Tips for Managing Your Medications Effectively | Health
Medication must be taken correctly in order to work properly and not jeopardize your health and safety. When you have multiple prescriptions it can get difficult. Here are nine things you can do to make managing your medications easier.
1. Daily routine
To reduce the chance of missing a dose, synchronize taking your medicine with a daily activity such as brushing your teeth or eating breakfast.
2. Times of the day
Medications often need to be taken at specific times of the day. Others may need to be taken two hours before or after eating to be properly absorbed, others should not be taken on an empty stomach. And still others cannot be taken near other drugs.
Set a written schedule, then set a recurring alarm to remind you when it’s time for a specific medication.
Take advantage of the services and products offered by your pharmacy. This may include the following:
• Daily call reminders for medication
• Online or pre-authorized prescription renewal
• Medication delivery to your home
• Synchronization of renewal dates for your various medications
3. Keep track
It’s easy to forget if you’ve already taken a certain pill. Use a pill box labeled with each day of the week. Every Sunday, divide the pills you need to take each day and put them in the pill box so you can easily see if you have taken your pills for the day.
4. Friendly for seniors
If you have arthritic hands or have trouble with child-resistant pill bottles, ask your pharmacist to put your medications in easy-to-open packages. If you have trouble reading the fine print, you can also request large print labels on your medications.
Check with your pharmacist before purchasing over-the-counter medications (including natural health products) to help prevent reactions with other medications you are taking.
6. Ask questions
Get in-depth knowledge of your medications by asking your pharmacist about it.
7. Stick to the dosage
When taking medication, follow the prescribed dosage and duration of treatment. If you have forgotten a dose, do not take a double dose: talk to your pharmacist.
Designate a place to keep your medications, such as a basket or tray on your counter. Store your medications properly by keeping them in their original container, away from sources of heat or humidity, and out of the reach of children.
9. Expiration dates
Check the expiry dates of your medicines regularly. Dispose of expired medicines or medicines that you no longer take properly.