Medications are useful in combating disease, but one of the biggest reasons for their not having their full benefit is that people don’t actually take them.
Up to half of patients don’t take their medications as they are meant to as seen on THIS STUDY. This can be because the reason why is not explained or understood, so make sure you know why you are taking each medicine. Another reason is side effects; if this is a problem, talk to your doctor about changing the way you take it, the dose or the tablet itself.
But sometimes, it is just remembering, especially when medications are taken twice or more per day.
Technology is meant to help, with pill boxes that link to your phone SEEN HERE, among other new tools. But an alarm may need the easiest solution.
I would normally suggest trying to integrate the medication into your routine so…
Tips for Remember your Medications:
Set an alarm on your phone for the time you need to take it
Put the medication box next to something you do at the time, so next to your toothbrush if at night, or shaver (for men) in the morning
Make sure to have a spare in case you forget, eg at work or in a handbag