An Elephant Never Forgets, but Sometimes We Do
Drug ID Helps You Stay Safe
At some point in our lives we have had to do something that requires a few reminders. Sometimes we choose the little yellow sticky notes or even the dry erase marker on the mirror. Drug ID helps you stay safe and identifies the medications you have, in front of you; but the other half of being on medication is taking them as prescribed.
Among a lot of conversations about medications is the word “adherence” or “compliance.” Are you taking your medication the way it has been prescribed? Answer “yes” and you’re being adherent/compliant, answer “no” and we’ve got some work to do. Sometimes adding a “four times a day” antibiotic is just out of our routine. We have put together a few ideas to help you get the most out of your prescriptions.
Set an alarm. For those “10 long days” of antibiotics needed to help you get past that pesky cold, sometimes an alarm on your phone is the best way to go. It’s not going to be a forever medication. You just need to remember to take them on time until you are done with the course. Another option is to time your doses to an activity such as breakfast, lunch, dinner, bedtime. With the help of tying the doses to your already existing routine and an alarm, you’re bound to remember your meds.
For long-term medications, the best way to remember them, is to fit them into your routine. On a side note, the bathroom cabinet is not a great place to keep your medications; due to the high moisture. Many people keep a water bottle handy on their night stand and find that keeping their medications there works for them. This might work for you also, if it is a safe place for your medication. Keeping your medications in a handy place, means you won’t easily forget them. And you won’t have to go back for them, once you are up and running with your day.
As time goes on, it is not unusual that our medication list, or that of a family member’s, may grow longer. In these cases, some individuals find that a weekly pill box works great. A pill box can take a little bit of time to set up, but once done, all your doses are ready to go. In this way, the chance of you forgetting a medication becomes so much smaller. Another option is bubble packing of your daily medications. It is offered by some pharmacies for free or a small fee. This is a great service to use when you have a larger number of medications to manage.
As a pharmacist, one of the goals is to keep you safe with the medications you have been prescribed. The goal of Drug ID is to also give you a way to confirm your medications. Once we send you on your way, it’s up to you to take your medication as prescribed in order to get the best response. Whether it’s pill boxes, an alarm, or where in your house you keep your medications, it’s all about what will work best for you.