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Develop Smart Systems and Use Reminders

We all forget things from time to time. But if you forget to take your pain medication or forget to request a new prescription on time, you'll be in a world of hurt -- literally. Using systems and reminders can help you remember.
 
Use a calendar, either on paper or digitally, to keep track of your prescriptions. Each time you get a prescription from the pharmacy, take a minute to check if there are refills for the types of medications that are refillable. On a calendar, note the following:
 
  • When you will run out (noting if the pharmacy is open or closed that day)
  • When you will need to request either a refill or a new prescription for medications that require a new prescription with each fill. 
 
Make sure you clearly understand your doctor's policy for requesting refills or new prescriptions and their required call-ahead time. The same goes for the pharmacy. If your doctor, pharmacist, and insurance will allow, try to fill your prescription a few days before you'll run out, as you never know when problems might arise, such as the pharmacy not having enough of a medication. Be careful of this practice, though, if you're at all tempted to take your medications too frequently.
 
Last, implement some way to help you take your medications on time. There are many different methods, such as alarms, pill boxes, bubble packs, and many others; find one that works for your particular situation.

Bubble packs are a nice way to visually see if you've taken a dose and how many are left, but they're not convenient outside of the home. Alarms can work well, but can be confusing for those who aren't tech-savvy. Simple pill boxes are a great help for people who have difficulty remembering if a dose was taken, but they don't do much to serve as a reminder in case you forgot.
 
Just the simple act of taking your medication at the same time, in the same place, and in the same way each day can be very helpful. If you always take your morning dose with your glass of juice in the morning, it will be easier to remember. For people who have extreme difficulty remembering to take their medication on time, or whose irregular or hectic schedules interfere with taking their medications as scheduled, other options, such as skin patches, can be a great solution.
 
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