Tips to Help You Take Your Medicine

Taking your medicine as prescribed or medication adherence is important for controlling chronic conditions, treating temporary conditions, and overall long-term health and well-being. A personal connection with your health-care provider or pharmacist is an important part of medication adherence.  However, you play the most important part by taking all of your medications as directed.

8 tips about medicine may help:

  1. Take your medication at the same time every day.
  2. Tie taking your medications with a daily routine like brushing your teeth or getting ready for bed. Before choosing mealtime for your routine, check if your medication should be taken on a full or empty stomach.
  3. Keep a “medicine calendar” with your pill bottles and note each time you take a dose.
  4. Use a pill container. Some types have sections for multiple doses at different times, such as morning, lunch, evening, and night.
  5. When using a pill container, refill it at the same time each week. For example, every Sunday morning after breakfast.
  6. Purchase timer caps for your pill bottles and set them to go off when your next dose is due. Some pill boxes also have timer functions.
  7. When travelling, be certain to bring enough of your medication, plus a few days extra, in case your return is delayed.
  8. If you’re flying, keep your medication in your carry-on bag to avoid lost luggage. Temperatures inside the cargo hold could damage your medication.
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