Create an organizing system to help you decrease mistakes with your medicine. Here are some suggestions.
USE A PILL ORGANIZER
You can buy a pill organizer at the drug store or online. There are many different kinds. Ask the pharmacist to help pick out an organizer that will work best for you.
Things to think about when choosing a pill organizer:
- The number of days -- 7, 14, or 28-day size.
- The number of compartments for each day -- 1, 2, 3, or 4 compartments.
- For example, if you take medicine 4 times each day, you can use a 7-day pill organizer with 4 compartments for each day (morning, noon, evening, bedtime). Fill the pill organizer to last 7 days. Some pill organizers let you “snap out” one day’s worth of pills. You can use this if you are out all day. You can also use a different 7-day pill organizer for the four times of the day. Label each one with the time of day.
USE AN AUTOMATIC PILL DISPENSER
You can buy an automatic pill dispenser online. These dispensers:
- Hold 7 - 28 days worth of pills.
- Dispense pills automatically up to 4 times per day.
- Have a blinking light and an audio alarm to remind you to take your pills.
- Run on batteries. Change the batteries regularly.
- Need to be filled with your medicine. You can fill it yourself, or have a trusted friend, relative, or pharmacist fill the dispenser.
- Do not allow you to take the medicine out. This can be a problem if you are going out.
USE COLOR MARKS ON YOUR MEDICINE BOTTLES
Use a color marker to mark your medicines by the time of day that you take them. For example:
- Put a green mark on bottles of medicines that you take at breakfast.
- Put a red mark on bottles of medicines that you take at lunch.
- Put a blue mark on bottles of medicines that you take at dinner.
- Put an orange mark on bottles of medicines that you take at bedtime.
CREATE A MEDICINE RECORD
List the medicine, what time you take it, and leave a place to check off when you take each medicine.