Today many of us take a number of prescriptions, medications, vitamins and over the counter. It can be stressful trying to keep track of all these medications and what they are for.
- Make a list - this is the start of getting control of your medication. Make a list of all prescriptions, vitamins, supplements and over-the-counters (like aspirin). Write not only the name but WHY you are taking them and WHAT condition they treat. Knowledge is power and knowing this information can empower you to be in control. Take a piece of paper and make the following columns across the top (name, dosage, why do I take this, what condition, instructions). Or you can go to www.safemedication.com and download a med list form for FREE. Or get our Pill Pouch which is durable and easy to update and includes a place to put a sample of your actual pill for visual reference. A med list can also serve as a daily guide when taking each medication and help you set up medications for the week.
- Use a pillbox - or some inexpensive tool to organize medications for the week. This helps avoid forgetting to take medication because each day has all the pills for that day. Here is the best seller on Amazon.
- Create a routine - many people we have met with use their daily activities to ensure they take their medication. Example: Putting morning pills by the coffee maker or next to their toothbrush. Put evening medications near the remote where they turn on Jeopardy at 7pm. This can help make taking prescriptions routine and improve your overall health. Once you do it tell us about your routine or suggestions.
- Review your medications - many people are taking more medications then they should. MORE medications = more COST, more CONFUSION and more DANGER. Take your medication list to your local pharmacist or your primary doctor. Once you have a list, its easier for them to see all the medications you are being prescribed and they can better help you eliminate unnecessary prescriptions and identify possible counteractions. Don't forget to include all vitamins, supplements and over-the-counters.
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