Tips from others with M.E. for remembering to take medication

My post asking you to let me know how your pharmacy has helped you is also generating some great tips from people with M.E. on remembering to take your medication, so I’ve started this post to collect your suggestions.

Some tips so far from Twitter chats:

  • Use a seven day dispenser or pill box.
  • Set reminders on a computer diary.
  • Use a calendar/memo/timer on your phone to set to remind you.
  • Have a whiteboard to write notes on.
  • Stick post-it notes in obvious places.
  • Put medication in a place that reminds you to take it e.g. next to your toothbrush (for drug safety, I must remind you to keep medication out of reach and sight of children, if children live with you or if you have visits from them)

If you have ways of remembering, please feel free to share them by commenting below on this post so that they become part of a permanent resource.

There’s also a new blog post on using apps to manage your medication here

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22 thoughts on “Tips from others with M.E. for remembering to take medication

  1. I have an alarm on my mobile phone to help me remember to take my pills in the evening. The problem though is that I get so easily distracted on my way from the living room to the kitchen (it’s the enormous distance of eight meters…;-) so when I get to the kitchen I’ve decided to feed the cat and make myself a cup of tea too. Which I do, but by then I’ve forgotten that the reason I went to the kitchen in the first place was to take the pills. An hour later I suddenly remember the pills, but have trouble remembering if I actually took them or not. Which could be helped by using a pill dispenser that I never get around to start using. I also have to keep morning and evening pills in two different places in the room, because in the morning my brain is unfocused enough to take evening pills instead of, or in addition to, the morning pills. Taking pills in the morning that was ment to help me sleep at night doesn’t really help my energy level 🙂

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    • A popular tip, it seems, as Hilde has to do the same and so do I! I have to admit that I also once took my bedtime meds in the morning – not good! Thanks for adding your tip Cathy.

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  2. I used to keep mine next to my tooth brush, as featured in the Action asthma booklet featuring Desmond dragon! I have too many now, but I still take them either just before or just after brushing my teeth.

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    • Yes, that’s a great tip, Clare! I used to attach a strip of tablets to my toothbrush with an elastic band – no ignoring that as a prompt! Although this might be really handy, I must remind those with children (or who have children visiting their home) that medication needs to be kept out of reach of children (and preferably also out of sight too). I’d forgotten this tip, so thanks Pipusmar 🙂 For steroid inhalers, brushing teeth after using removes any of the steroid medication that got left in the mouth, preventing side effects such as oral thrush developing 🙂

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  3. I keep my “morning” pill box on top of my habitual morning can of fizzy pop – Ensuring that I don’t just set them aside because I don’t have anything to swallow them with. And set up a month’s worth of pills in their boxes at a time.

    Anyone who has a foolproof way to remind themself if they’ve just taken, or only planned-to-take-then-never-did, their PRN medication (Especially bottled syrups), I’d be most grateful if you could share.

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  4. Here are some tips I use:

    If taking morning and evening medications/supplements try using different supplement boxes. I used to use a weekly strip and a weekly 7 sided supplement box. Different shapes and/or colours worked for me. I have to have days of the week labelled. Either M, T, W, or Mon, Tues, Wed etc.

    I then had to buy larger supplement boxes, and I found some lovely, very large, clear weekly strips at Boots (buy 3 for the price of 2). Clear plastic works better for me so that I can see the contents. I could get them all in one weekly strip but I decided to use 2 strips. I keep them both together in the door of my fridge, but always place the morning one on the left, and the evening one on the right.

    Have a routine, always take at the same time and place. Leave notes by the kettle (or what works for you) where you will always go. Have you taken your supplements? or just Supps?

    Hope that helps,

    Elspeth

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  5. I use weekly pill boxes, too. I have my morning meds in the bedroom, the evening ones in the medicine cupboard in the kitchen, so take them with supper. There is an excellent App for Android phones (maybe iphones too) Dosecast? Dosebox? that pings up a reminder, detailing which meds ought to be taken. The paid for version also records missed doses, and can link into a massive database of medicines.

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    • Sounds like a great app, I’ll look into that, thanks 🙂 I just use my smartphone alarms and hit snooze if I’m in the middle of something and it’s inconvenient to take them but a specific app sounds helpful. Thanks, Dizzy-Ann 🙂

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