Keeping Track of Medicines

Did I take my medicine? If you find yourself asking that question often, try these four tips to help you keep track.

  1. Keep them in an accessible spot. As long as they’re out of reach of children or pets, the best place for your medicine is a place you’ll see it.
  2. Write it down. Purchase a small notebook and write down each medicine as you take it. Be sure to record the date, time, and what you have taken.
  3. Use technology. Set smartphone alarms to help remember to take your medicines. You can have separate alarms for each medicine and have them repeat daily. Or, download an app that sends you reminders as well as other medication tracking tools. Don’t have a smartphone? Check out “talking” pill boxes. Take the medicine as soon as the alarm goes off. Don’t wait – or you may forget!
  4. Know what to do if you miss a dose. Some medicines should be “made up” at the next dose, but others should not. It may be dangerous if you forget certain life-saving medicines.

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