Adaptive Products and Routines to Help.
Whether its your cholesterol meds, SSRIs, or your birth control, so much of our health often relies on consistently taking prescribed medications. This is both a great and a hard thing, especially if you are taking medications to help your focus, executive functioning, or motivation, since… you sort of need those things in order to remember to take the medication in the first place. There are all sorts of barriers to taking medication consistently but luckily there are lots of adaptive products and routines that can help.
The important thing to remember is that you are not lazy, stupid, or irresponsible just because you struggle to take your medication consistently. Feeling guilty and “trying harder” is usually not the best approach. It’s ok to work with your mind instead of against it. Think about what barriers exist for you and see if these ideas can help!
If you find yourself wondering….did I take my meds already? Then you need to know about Timer Cap. This pill bottle features a timer on the top so you can know, down to the minute, when the last time you took your medication was. This can also be helpful for extra accountability if someone in your home is taking a controlled substance since it allows a second party to see how often and how recent pills are being taken. (note: these bottles do not have a child lock on them)
MedQ daily pill box
The MedQ daily pill box is a pill organizer with a built in alarm to tell you when to take your medication. The alarm both flashes and beeps for up to 30 mins if the medication isn’t taken. It's a bit pricey, but helpful if you need a non-snooze button option. (Note: this product does not have a child lock)
AUVON iMedassist Weekly Pill Organizer
If you like to keep it simple (and cheap!) you can go with AUVON, which offers brightly colored flip boxes for each day of the week. They also feature an easy open spring feature for people with limited hand strength or mobility. This is the one I have and I love it!
For the whole month:
If re-filling a pill organizer every week feels like too much of a chore, try using one that holds a whole month of medications.
There are also medication reminder apps that will remind you to take your medication wherever you are. Check out these two free ones.
Medisafe helps you manage and take your medication on time with our first-of-its-kind cloud-synced mobile medication management platform. Medisafe allows your family, friends & caregivers to aid (if you so choose) by being alerted as to whether or not you took your medication. Download through the app store.
Pill Reminder – All in One
Pill reminder is an easy-to-use app that allows you to set customizable reminders to take medications and keeps track of your medication inventory (and gives you refill alerts when you’re running low!) Download on the app store.
If you’ve followed me for any amount of time you’ve probably heard me talk about closing duties. This is a short list of things I complete every evening after my kids go to bed to make my kitchen functional. After a few months of practicing it routinely it became an automatic habit. Recently, I added “take my medication” to my closing duties list. Bundling a task like taking medication with a routine you are already doing every day is a helpful way to bring taking your meds into the flow.
If you are interested in closing duties, check out the template on my online store. If you are someone that gains momentum by using tracking charts, there is also a weekly star chart to help you be consistent and celebrate at the end of each week. The star chart is available in for both "Opening Duties" and "Closing Duties."
What helps you remember to take your medication? Comment and share below!