How to Manage your Medications

How to Manage your Medications

If you take more than one prescription medication, chances are you’ve struggled with keeping everything straight. Remembering what pill to take and at what time can be overwhelming. If you feel like this, you’re not alone!

Your doctor and/or pharmacist can help you manage your medication schedule and dosage. To get started, bring a list of all the medication you are currently taking to your next doctor’s appointment. Ask them to go through all the medications with you and show you what the correct dosage looks like.

After your wellness visit, use one of these tips to help keep medications organized:

  1. Pill Organizer – Get a pill organizer and fill it out yourself or with help from a family members or care giver. Some people might prefer two, 1-week pill organizers rather than a 2-week organizer. They can be bulky or have smaller compartments.
  2. Create a dosing schedule sheet – Write a list of all the medications you are taking and the time of day when you take them. Bring this schedule to every doctor’s appointment.
  3. Use a medication app or timer – If you have a smartphone or tablet, there are many apps that you help assist you in managing your medication, like this one from Mango Health. You can setup your medication schedule in the app and it will send you reminders when it’s time to take your medication.
  4. Check prescription labels consistently – Checking your prescriptions labels often is very important. This way you can double check the correct dosage, how long until the next refill, and the medication expiration date.
  5. Get a second opinion – If you are concerned about a diagnosis or medication prescription, don’t be afraid to seek out a second opinion.

Not sure where to start to better organize your medications?

First, start thinking about how you are currently managing your medications. What are some ways that you keep track of your prescriptions and remembering how to take them? Would there be anything that you could change to make it easier? How would you make these changes? Don’t forget to reach out to your doctor if you have any questions about your medication.

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