Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Organizing the Medications

pill boxes, different color for each day of the week, four compartments per day

Taking a double dosage of your pills is no fun - ask my friend who did this a couple weeks ago. Fortunately, while she felt pretty ill for a day or so, there were no more serious effects.

Consumer Reports just reminded me that they have a guide to managing multiple medications. They emphasize making sure all the medications are really needed, and then provide these suggestions (among others):
- Keep a written schedule of the pills you take, how often to take them, and any special directions. Update the record as your prescriptions change.

- Take medicines at the same time each day, and, if necessary, use calendars, timers, or pillboxes that remind you which drugs to take and when.

- Keep medicines where you’ll notice them. But don’t store them in bathroom medicine cabinets where they’re exposed to damaging humidity and heat.

- Know what to do if you miss a dose or inadvertently take an extra one.

- Order refills in time to avoid treatment gaps and lapses.
Caregiver.com has a more detailed list of medication management suggestions that are well worth a read.

There's a huge range of pill cases (and other reminders) available to help manage medications - the pill boxes above, with four compartments per day, was the one that worked well for my mom.

wood pill box

If you want a truly beautiful one, take a look at the 7-day medication minders from Pascoe's wood art. They're available in a number of different woods.

Related Post: Medical Records at Your Fingertips


Michele said...

Interesting post. I use pill organizers to set up the vitamins for everyone in the house. DH and I and the dogs all take a variety of vitamins (different for each of us), so once a week I take 5-10 minutes and set up a pill organizer for each of us. It saves a lot of time and makes life so much easier. I generally feed the dogs, but if I need to be away, having the vitamins already set up makes it much easier for DH to feed them.

Jeri Dansky said...

Michele, you got me curious, so I checked: some sites do sell what they call vitamin organizers, but they look just like pill organizers to me.